THE HAMILTON BROWN HOUSE
A Place of Serenity for Firefighters & Their Families
For many years, the Houston Fire Department has served its citizens with the highest level of integrity, compassion, and care. Now, the firefighters of Houston have decided to answer another call, going above and beyond in order to help their brother and sister firefighters across the nation, while continuing to provide a high level of service to Houston's citizens. To that end, the Society of Houston Latino Fire Fighters, with help from Houston Councilmember Peter Brown (who donated $123,000 to the cause), purchased old Fire Station 27, with the goal of renovating the facility into apartment units for firefighters and their families during extended treatments in Houston's medical center.
The mission of the Hamilton Brown House will be to create a place of serenity for firefighters and their families during a time of need, to offer a home away from home, and bestow order, love, happiness, and relaxation to those in need. The House is named after Peter Brown's father, who was the architect of the building (old Fire Station 27) in 1940.
The ground floor of the facility will be utilized as a community activity center for other 501(c)3 status organizations, while the second floor will be rejuvenated as two apartment type units for firefighters and their families during extended treatments in the Medical Center. Furthermore, the facility will be used by the Houston Hispanic Fire Fighters Caucus of Local 341 for fundraising activities in which the money raised will go to the programs this organization supports.
Says Chief Lorenzo Diaz, President of the Houston Latino Fire Fighters and visionary behind the project, "Providing a dual service by assisting our own brother and sister fire fighters during their time of need while continuing to serve the community is a vision we all embrace."
In March 2012, the Society of Houston Latino Fire Fighters secured its 501(c)3 status, clearing the way to moving forward with the groundbreaking of this first-of-its-kind facility.
Anyone interested in donating time, labor, and/or funds to this worthy cause can write to Chief Diaz at email@example.com.