This spring during Women in Construction Week – a national week designed to highlight and recognize the contributions of women in the construction industry – The Ebby House at Juliette Fowler Communities received the type of donation nonprofits dream about. Kiewit Infrastructure South Co., a subsidiary of Kiewit Corporation, one of the largest construction and engineering organizations in North America, presented a check for $100,000 to The Ebby House, a two-year residential program for women, ages 18-24, at risk for homelessness due to neglect, abuse, and aging out of the foster care system. This strength-based program mentors up to 12 young women at a time for up to 24 months to instill life skills, provide housing, healthcare, education, career guidance, job training and permanency. It is a home for young girls ready to launch into successful adulthood. The Ebby House is named for the late Dallas real estate icon Ebby Halliday Acres to honor her for incredible work ethic and her lifelong work to help women gain financial independence. Ebby helped cut the ribbon for its grand opening in 2014.
“We were really interested in an organization that would provide women, especially women in difficult circumstances, the means, education, and support necessary to realize their greatest potential,” said Brittany Conrady, senior environmental manager at Kiewit. “We have an initiative to help girls network, meet people, and ask questions to help them with their careers. We are passionate about connecting with young women to share our experiences in the construction industry.”
Kiewit employees selected Ebby House, which provides transitional living for girls, as the recipient of the donation in honor of Women in Construction Week. In addition to the donation, Kiewit hopes to mentor girls in the program and educate them on the wide range of career opportunities in construction.
“Our hope is to continue our relationship with Juliette Fowler Communities and The Ebby House by mentoring girls and providing tours. Ultimately, it’d be great to welcome them into the Kiewit family someday,” said Sabrina Sims, support engineer at Kiewit.
“Charities like Ebby House bring awareness to the unforgiving realities that many children and young adults face on a regular basis,” said Shane Petersen. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to support the work The Ebby House is doing on behalf of the Kiewit Corporation.”
Juliette Fowler Communities is a unique faith-based, intergenerational community of residents at various life-stages. Located on 20 picturesque acres, Juliette Fowler Communities provides independent and assisted living, a Five-Star Quality Rated skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, memory care and affordable senior housing. As the only certified I’m Still Here® Center for Excellence in Dementia Care in Dallas and one of only three in Texas, Fowler’s program employs evidence-based techniques to adapt experiences to an individual’s cognitive abilities and strengths. It has also been named a Great Place to Work in the Aging Services Industry in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021. Children, youth, and family services at Fowler include foster and adoption services, a residential program for women ages 18-24 at risk for homelessness due to neglect, abuse, and aging out of the foster care system, and a new Youth Support Center – a one-stop location to help Dallas youth, both boys and girls ages 12-24, escape or avoid sex trafficking and exploitation. Visit fowlercommunities.org or call 214.827.0813.
Kiewit is one of North America’s largest and most respected construction and engineering organizations. With its roots dating back to 1884, the employee-owned organization operates through a network of subsidiaries in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Kiewit offers construction and engineering services in a variety of markets including transportation; oil, gas and chemical; power; building; water/wastewater; industrial; and mining. Kiewit had 2020 revenues of $12.5 billion and employs 27,000 staff and craft employees.
Learn more about The Ebby House at https://fowlercommunities.org/the-ebby-house/.