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New Midtown campus to be a big boost for aging baby boomers

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Interfaith Ministries Meals on Wheels groundbreaking, April 2013, interior
The new Meals on Wheels distribution facility will have the capacity to serve 10,000 meals each day. Rendering courtesy of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston
Interfaith Ministries Meals on Wheels groundbreaking Mayor Annise Parker Judge Ed Emmett
Interfaith Ministries president Elliot Gerhsenson, Houston City Council Member Jack Christie, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, former Interfaith Ministries chair Bill King, Mayor Annise Parker and Council Member Andrew Burks joined to celebrate the groundbreaking. Photo by Whitney Radley
Interfaith Ministries Meals on Wheels groundbreaking ceremony
Members of Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston board of directors. Photo by Whitney Radley
Interfaith Ministries Meals on Wheels groundbreaking, April 2013, exterior front
Interfaith Ministries will take over two blocks in Midtown. Rendering courtesy of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston
Interfaith Ministries Meals on Wheels groundbreaking, April 2013, exterior back
Rendering courtesy of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston
Interfaith Ministries Meals on Wheels groundbreaking, April 2013, interior
Interfaith Ministries Meals on Wheels groundbreaking Mayor Annise Parker Judge Ed Emmett
Interfaith Ministries Meals on Wheels groundbreaking ceremony
Interfaith Ministries Meals on Wheels groundbreaking, April 2013, exterior front
Interfaith Ministries Meals on Wheels groundbreaking, April 2013, exterior back

Few groups watch the aging baby boomer generation with more urgency than Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston.

Its marquee program, Meals on Wheels, serves more than 4,500 home-bound senior citizens in the Houston area one hot, healthy meal each day, but the approaching deluge of elderly has had Interfaith Ministries on the lookout for several years to replace its current digs — an office on Montrose and an overcrowded warehouse on U.S. 59.

And this week, the organization's governing body gathered with area leaders to break ground on a new campus that stretches over two city blocks in Midtown.

"This is not just about a new building," Mayor Annise Parker said. "It's about a serious investment in the quality of life for seniors today and into the future."

A former bank building, on a lot bound by Main and Fannin, Stuart and Francis Streets, will soon be converted into a 39,000 square foot Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston Herzstein Building, with administrative offices for all of the organization's 145 employees and a conference center to promote interfaith dialogue, to provide refugee services and to accommodate disaster preparedness and response teams.

A new construction on an adjacent block bound by Elgin and Stuart, Fannin and San Jacinto, will be home to a 14,000 square foot Meals on Whiles Distribution Center, which will have the capacity to serve 10,000 meals each day.

Interfaith Ministries is well on its way to fulfilling a $12.5 million capital campaign. Find more information about its fundraising goals here.

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