Our Mission and Vision
Leaving a Legacy
Katy is a vibrant, growing community whose spirit dates back to the celebration of rice harvests and beyond. Today, Katy is an international and diverse city. As it continues to grow, many families who can trace their roots back to the founding pioneers have a desire to preserve the strength found in Katy’s humble beginnings.
This spirit has continued to make Katy a community where the people truly care for one another. That love and care not only touches the residents, but also those who are visiting or just passing through.
Embracing that spirit, the associates of Keller Williams Premier Realty responded to the challenge to “leave a legacy” issued by one of their leaders, back in 2006.
With the Houston Medical Center moving west, right on Katy’s front doorstep, the agents began brainstorming. Medical facilities being built all around meant people would be coming for treatments, and needing housing options. Cinco Charities was formed by those associates who desired to “build a community of care and support” and in particular meet some of the needs of those who come to our community seeking medical care. As our city’s medical services have expanded, Katy has quickly become the temporary home for families who need treatment for serious and often life threatening illnesses. It is our desire at Cinco Charities to reach out to those families and give back a measure of the “Katy Spirit” we have received.
We began hosting golf tourneys, Texas hold ‘em poker events, and wine tastings to raise the funds to provide the needed housing. Our first “guest” was housed in 2008, a patient referred to us by Dr. Gregory Chronowski Associate Professor of Radiology Oncology at MD Anderson’s Katy Regional Care Center. As 2013 was drawing to a close and we anticipated the Grand Opening of our Beloved Ballard House, we reflected on having already had the honor of providing a “home away from home” for well over 500 guests who were receiving treatment for a life threatening illness and their caregivers.
Today, Dr. Chronowski serves on the Board of Directors and continues to be an advocate for putting the word out in the medical community about the FREE housing Cinco Charities provides for patients of all ages, and those who travel from states all over the US, other countries, and our neighboring rural counties for their treatments.
CINCO CHARITIES MEETS THE BALLARDS
In 2011, Dr. Sunil Patel, an oncologist from The Katy MD Anderson Regional Care Center, encouraged one of his patient’s Erin Ballard, to contact Cinco Charities to see how we might be able to work together. Our lives and the lives of people from around the world will never be the same. Even though Erin was fighting her own battle with cancer, she was thinking of others facing that same fight and uncertainties and seeking ways she could help ease their stress. She donated a 3 bedroom home she owns in Katy for Cinco Charities to use to better serve the patients who were our guest. This allowed the flexibility to assist guests for longer periods of time. With Erin on board with our mission to provide ”a home away from home” for those needing temporary housing, we were so thankful to be able to say yes to more of those in need. To our amazement, Monty Ballard Erin’s husband, caught the vision and being a generous individual, he formed The Ballard Foundation to assist the charity financially to make our long- time dream of a Hospital Hospitality House in Katy a reality.
Two years later, Monty and Erin Ballard’s generosity made it possible for us to be planning the Grand Opening of the Ballard House, a 20,000 square foot, 24 guest suite, Texas Hill Country lodge style home, sitting on 3 acres in the heart of Cinco Ranch, one of Texas’ most prestigious master planned communities.
If you are reading this as one of our guest today, this labor of love since 2006 has been looking forward to this day when we could say to you. WELCOME. This is your “HOME AWAY FROM HOME” and we are your extended family and friends.
To Gayle & Kathy, the staff and the many associates at Keller Williams Premier Realty, the small businesses and large, the Friends of Cinco Charities, the sponsors and donors, who have been loyal and held fast with us and our heart’s desire to “leave a legacy.” THANK YOU.
DECEMBER 3rd 2013, we celebrated the Grand Opening of The Ballard House with a group of wonderful friends, family, and long time loyal supporters and moved our first five families in a few days later.
Our Mission is to provide temporary housing in our community with a warm, safe environment for individuals and their families who are hospitalized or receiving treatment for a serious medical condition.
We extend our reach and impact by leveraging our cumulative years of experience and strong relationships within the community as well as the medical and support personnel of current and future medical service providers. We continually work to improve and expand our core programs, while also developing plans to meet the future needs of the constantly changing medical community.
We don’t do it alone. We rely on our Friends of Cinco Charities as well as our friends within the National Association of Hospital Hospitality Housing to identify needs and best practices and carry out our mission on the ground. We rely on our strong relationships with the medical community to provide access to health care. We rely on strategic alliances with organizations that have the knowledge and infrastructure to extend our reach. We rely on you – our donors, volunteers, staff and friends.
The Vision of Cinco Charities, Inc. is to build a community of care and support. Guiding us in our Vision are our core values:
- Focusing on the critical needs of families
- Spend money frugally, invest money cautiously
- Operating with accountability and transparency
- Staying true to our heritage of responsible stewardship
Board of Directors
In 2006 a small group of Realtors with Keller Williams Premier Realty in Katy responded to the challenge of the CEO of the company to “leave a Legacy “ in their community. Cinco Charities was formed after much discussion and sharing life experiences of the journey with loved ones, family members and friends battling serious illnesses, many cancer related. West Houston Medical Center was just becoming a reality and the need for patients traveling to the community for their treatments presented an issue we desired to tackle—where would they stay? How long would they need housing? What could we do to assist them and relieve some of the financial stress as well as be an extended family to them? Our dream from the beginning was to one day build a Hospitality House.
Lou Boxleitner- Board Chairperson, Chris Hiller- Vice Chair, David Rozier- Treasurer, Stacie Wright- Retiring Secretary, Ginger Hopper- Executive Director were all part of the original eight realtors who founded Cinco Charities. All have served tirelessly on the board since 2006 staying focused on their mission. Brian Varvel, Becky Underwood, and Pat Mahaffey, also Keller Williams Realtors were brought on board in 2008. Shortly afterwards Priscilla Reynolds-Vice President/Branch Manager with Startex Title in Katy joined us in our mission. Priscilla currently serves as secretary.
This has been a working board from its inception, planning and executing the fundraisers together along with loyal volunteers and local sponsors. This group met with Mark Wilson , a local attorney who has donated his time and wisdom to the charity since 2006, assisting with writing policies and developing guidelines and procedures. In 2013 Monty Ballard, founder of the Ballard Foundation was added to the board, as well as Dr. Gregory Chronowski, Associate Professor of Radiology at MD Anderson’s Katy Regional Care Center. Dr. Chronowski sent us the first guest we housed in 2008. Andrew Hall, CEO of HMS Healthcare was also added to the board in 2013. January 2014, with the opening of the Ballard House, we have started adding community leaders to an Advisory Board. Frank Lombard, VP of the Katy Area Economic Development Council and Dr. Sunil Patel, Associate Professor of Oncology with MD Anderson Cancer Center in Katy are serving as advisors.
Our Executive Director and Secretary attended a nine month class for Leadership of Excellence for Non Profits underwritten by the George Foundation and the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce. Many of the policies we operate by were brought back from this educational class.
We are also active members of a national organization, Healthcare Hospitality Network which brings the Hospital Hospitality Houses from around the country together for annual conferences to educate, inspire, and form teams to assist patients from one region traveling to another state for their treatments. The organization also has a valuable website where information is shared and conducts weekly teleconferences to strengthen and educate boards and staff members.
In 2013, nine board members collectively served 3,952 hours.
Lou Boxleitner, Board Chairperson
Lou was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in seven different East Coast and Midwestern cities. He was transferred to Houston in 1982 and liked the people and the lifestyle so much that he stayed.
Chris Hiller, Vice-Chairperson
Chris Hiller wasn’t born in Texas but he got here as quick as he could. A native of Long Island, Chris graduated from Rice University earning a B.A. in Behavioral Science.
David Rozier, Treasurer
David and his wife Barbara have lived in Katy with their four children since 1991 when they moved to the area from Dallas in a job transfer. Originally in the energy industry, David is now the lead agent for the RozierTeam at Keller Williams Realty.
Stacie Wright, Board Associate
Stacie Wright has been a member of the Katy community since 1985. Stacie met her husband, Fred, at Taylor High School and they married soon after graduating in 1987.
Monty Ballard, Board Associate President The Ballard Foundation
Monty Ballard had the vision to begin The Ballard Foundation. He has been a leading force in helping the community in positive ways in Katy, Texas!
Gregory Chronowski M.D., Board Associate
Dr. Chronowski is an Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology, MD Anderson Cancer Center. His practice is located in Katy at the MD Anderson Regional Care Center on Kingsland Blvd.
Andrew Hall, President, HMS Healthcare
Andrew grew up in Washington State and Alaska most of his life. After graduating from Whitworth University with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and Business, he started his teaching career.
Pat Mahaffey, Board Associate Realtor, Keller Williams Premier Realty
A native Texan, born in Sealy, Pat Mahaffey has always considered the Houston area home. She grew up in a family that was transferred frequently and has lived in many US states and even Bombay, India.
Priscilla Pfaff Reynolds, Board Secretary, Vice President and Branch Manager, StarTex Title Company
Priscilla has been helping people in the Real Estate and Title Industry for over 20+ years. She believes in her products and stands behind her company.
Rebecca Underwood, Board Associate, Realtor – Keller Williams Premier Realty
Rebecca was born, raised and educated in New Orleans. She married her beloved husband in 1973 and has made eight corporate moves with his career to various states in the south, east coast and the mid-west.
Brian Varvel, Board Associate Realtor, Keller Williams Premier Realty
Brian has lived, worked and played in the Katy area since 1979. A graduate from Katy High School, he has strong ties to this community.
The Healthcare Hospitality Network
Why We’re Members of the Healthcare Hospitality Network
NAHHH.org Cinco Charities, Inc. is proud to be affiliated with The Healthcare Hospitality Network (HHN), formerly known as NAHHH (National Association of Hospital Hospitality Houses). The Healthcare Hospitality Network is a non-profit corporation serving facilities that provide lodging and other supportive services to patients and their families when confronted with medical emergencies.
Each facility within the network assures that a homelike environment is provided to persons who must travel to be with a patient or to receive necessary outpatient care. Our association with HHN provides us with the following benefits:
A Recognized National OrganizationHHN joins with hundreds of others interested in advancing the hospitality house cause. The national office communicates with national organizations and governments that puts it’s agenda on the national map. Besides these external contacts, HHN also provides us with a network of new house contacts. One of the most valuable benefits of this membership is the exchange of information between HHN member houses.
Through national and regional involvement, HHN Members build awareness among their own programs, major medical centers, medical and hospital auxiliaries, medical affiliates, and other groups who focus attention on the needs of families receiving medical care away from home.
The HHN Resource Center provides us with free copies of materials relevant to the start-up of new programs and for improving existing programs. The resource material is donated by houses or is the result of HHN-funded research. Materials include fund-raising, public relations, operational procedures and policies, job descriptions, by-laws, budgets, feasibility studies, guest registration forms and evaluations, statistics on salaries and HHN operations, pertinent articles from newspapers and magazines, hospitality houses and the law, planned giving, house design, brochures, newsletters, and much more.
National Referral Directory
The HHN National Referral Directory lists hospital hospitality houses nation-wide and the services provided by each. So not only can we help families coming to Katy for treatment, but we can also help families traveling to other areas all around the country get in contact with a hospitality house at their destination.