(281) 717-4670 | 21421 Cinco Park Road • Katy, Texas 77450

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Welcome to The Ballard House!

What We Offer!

The 20,000 square foot hospitality house features:

  • EXPERIENCE TRUE TEXAS HOSPITALITY AT THE BALLARD HOUSE

You will be met by staff and volunteers who will welcome you to our House, assist you with check in and direct you to your guest suite. Our desire is to be your “home away from home” during your stay with us, therefore communication is very important. After check in, we will take you on a tour of our House to familiarize you with the many comforts we provide and go over the guidelines we ask our guests to respect during your stay.
You will enjoy the opportunity to share hospitality with other families from around the world going through similar life experiences. We see strong bonds and lasting friendships formed amongst our guests.
We have many groups who generously offer their time to conduct game nights, Bible studies and provide wonderful meals. We encourage our guests to participate, but never want you to feel pressured.
Below are some of the comforts of home you will enjoy at The Ballard House.

  • 24 GUEST SUITES

Each spacious suite is fully furnished with a private bath and kitchenette. The small kitchen has a mini fridge and microwave as well as a wet sink with counter space and cabinet storage. A built in desk, flat screen TV with some cable channels and free Wi Fi are available.
We have 8 suites that are handicap adapted. These suites have a queen bed and a double sleeper sofa. All other suites offer 2 queen beds.
Bed linens, pillows, and towels are provided. During your stay, you are required to keep these laundered.

  • FREE ONSITE LAUNDRY FACILITIES

Washers and dryers are located on both floors and are free to our guest. We ask you to bring your own choice of laundry products, but require you use those in the washer with (he) on them as our washers are front loaders which require these high efficiency products.
Many times our generous donors bring laundry products and personal toiletry items. When available we share these with you. Please inquire upon arrival to see if available.

  • COMMON KITCHEN AND DINING

The Ballard House has a fully equipped kitchen with 2 work centers which includes flat top stove, dishwasher, tons of counter space and storage. Each guest suite is assigned a mini pantry in the kitchen to store their personal groceries. There is a common pantry which is usually fully stocked by generous donations from our community with most items you would need to prepare a meal.
When you walk in the front door, scrumptious aromas of cuisine from all over the country will greet you.
Many of our guests become quickly famous for their culinary skills and bless all of us with some of their specialties. Our kitchen and dining room are the center of fellowship and fun activities. The Ballard House has a reputation for being “a happy house.”

  • LIBRARY

Yes, we have a library which has wall to wall shelves which contain a huge variety of categories and selections of books for your reading pleasure. The library has a computer and public phone for our guest’s convenience. A large library table which is the perfect spot for the puzzle enthusiasts to gather to put a puzzle together can also be found in the library.
The Ballard House also has a nice selection of movies to check out, as well as an antiquated VHS player and complete collection of Disney classics for the young at heart.

  • GAMEROOM

Our game room has a comfy sectional for families to watch the Big Screen TV together and tons of game boards, puzzles, and other toys for children to enjoy. We encourage our guests to have family and friends visit them when in town. We respect that our guests are ill and many rising early in the AM to go for treatments, so we ask that all visitors leave the House by 9:30 P.M .

  • CHAPEL

For our guests desiring a quiet place for worship, prayer, or meditation The Ballard House was designed to meet this spiritual need. Our chapel is open 24 hours a day and available for individuals or their families as needed. An inspiring stained glass window was donated by Mary Sue Harrison, a Katy professional who had it designed by a local artist for the chapel. We have several different church groups who are regulars at The Ballard House.

  • CONFERENCE ROOM

Many nonprofit service organizations, various groups, youth and adult get on our calendar to hold their meetings in our state of the art conference room. We are delighted to share this meeting space with our community as this gives us the opportunity to give back to the Katy residents who bless us with continued support. The conference room is equipped with a projector and big screen for presentations, will easily seat 40 to 50 people and can be reconfigured to meet many group’s needs. Contact us at The Ballard House to reserve your date.

  • THE GARDENS AND PATIO

Seated in our wall to wall windowed dining room, our guests can enjoy the gorgeous rippling pond and beautiful landscaping, but this is no substitute for experiencing it firsthand. Our huge covered back patio with the oversized rocking chairs is a favorite spot for our guests to relax and reflect, and take time to smell the roses!! There is a variety of seating arrangements, a covered gazebo, and a gas grill available for our guests use.

 

Take a Tour

Our History, Mission & Vision

The Ballard House Story

The dream started in 2006 when the CEO of Keller Williams Realty issued a challenge to Keller Williams market centers around the country to “leave a legacy” in the communities in which they live and work. The associates of Keller Williams Premier Realty in Katy took that challenge to heart. Construction of The West Houston Medical Center had just started and it was evident that people would be travelling to the area for their treatments and would need housing. Cinco Charities, Inc. was birthed with the mission to provide temporary housing for patients and their caregivers coming to the Katy/West Houston area medical facilities for treatment of life threatening illnesses.
For several years, while working toward their ultimate goal to build a hospital hospitality house for guests which would be free of charge to patients going through treatment and open to patients of any age, Cinco Charities continued housing families in nearby hotels. This was accomplished because of the generosity of sponsors and friends of Cinco Charities who attended the fundraising events and supported the mission wholeheartedly.

In 2011, Erin Ballard, a cancer patient herself heard about Cinco Charities from her oncologist, Dr. Sunil Patel at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Katy and was inspired to donate the use of one of her rental properties to Cinco Charities to expand their outreach. That home became known as Erin’s House. Erin’s House was loved by all of the families who found it be their “home away from home” during their loved ones treatment.

Monty too was touched by the charities mission as well and started The Ballard Foundation to advance Cinco Charities goal to build their hospitality house in Katy. “We live in Katy, not far down the street from MD Anderson,” Monty Ballard said, “We started thinking about people that live in other states who wanted the best treatment they could get and just couldn’t afford the other parts of the puzzle. They might have great insurance, but still couldn’t afford to come here to stay and get treatment. We thought we could make it possible for Cinco Charities to move forward.”
The Ballards

In December 2013, a huge crowd of supporters celebrated the grand opening of The Ballard House which boasts 20,000 square feet of livable space and is located on three acres in the heart of Katy. A few days later, our first five families were moved in. And they keep arriving from other countries, all over the US and from the four corners of Texas. The Ballard House has experienced the generous support from our community in so many ways and we are so thankful for each and every one of you. We have the very best volunteers in the world who show every day with open hearts and big smiles to welcome everyone who enters our doors with a happy greeting, “Welcome to The Ballard House.”

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.

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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

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.

Our Vision

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

For more information on Cinco Charities, please click this link to be directed to their website!

Board of Directors

 

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.

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.

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Top Row left to right: Curtis Wiley, Phil Huffman, Dave Brown Brian Varvel
Bottom Row left to right: Terri Montgomery, Denise Einkauf, Pat Mahaffey

(not pictured: Chris Hiller and Ray Wall)

Treasurer: Chris Hiller
Secretary: Pat Mahaffey
Vice Chair: Brian Varvel
Chair: Dave Brown

Members:
Curtis Wiley
Denise Einkauf
Ray Wall
Terri Montgomery
Phil Huffman

Past Board Members and Directors

Cinco Charities Board of Directors

2006 Founding Board:

  • Stacie Wright
  • David Rozier
  • Brian Varvel
  • Lou Boxleitner
  • Linda Piazza
  • Graig Harrison
  • Gary Lamb
  • Rebecca Underwood
  • Ginger Hopper
  • Chris Hiller

2009 – Friends of Cinco Charities – Board Associates 2010

  • Priscilla Reynolds/Pfaff
  • Patricia Mahaffey

2010

  • Janet Burkett
  • Jim Woods

2013

  • Monty Ballard
  • Gregory Chronowski
  • Andrew Hall

2016

  • Phil Huffman
  • Terri Montgomery

2017

  • Dave Brown
  • Curtis Wiley
  • Denise Einkauf
  • Ray Wall

FRIENDS OF CINCO CHARITIES – 2009

  • Priscilla Reynolds
  • Tamara Songster
  • Betsy Schauer
  • Pat Mahaffey
  • Shannon Reed
  • Debbie Smith
  • Rebecca Dittemore
  • Terri Varvel
  • Shelly Curtis

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FINANCIALS

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The Healthcare Hospitality Network

The Healthcare Hospitality Network

Why We’re Members of the Healthcare Hospitality Network

hhnNAHHH.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.

Public Awareness

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.

 

Resource Center

 

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.

The Ballard House Story

The dream started in 2006 when the CEO of Keller Williams Realty issued a challenge to Keller Williams market centers around the country to “leave a legacy” in the communities in which they live and work. The associates of Keller Williams Premier Realty in Katy took that challenge to heart. Construction of The West Houston Medical Center had just started and it was evident that people would be travelling to the area for their treatments and would need housing. Cinco Charities, Inc. was birthed with the mission to provide temporary housing for patients and their caregivers coming to the Katy/West Houston area medical facilities for treatment of life threatening illnesses.
For several years, while working toward their ultimate goal to build a hospital hospitality house for guests which would be free of charge to patients going through treatment and open to patients of any age, Cinco Charities continued housing families in nearby hotels. This was accomplished because of the generosity of sponsors and friends of Cinco Charities who attended the fundraising events and supported the mission wholeheartedly.

The Ballard House Mission Statement

“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.“

Ballard House Naming Rights Sponsors

The Ballard House was named in honor of longtime Katy residents Monty and Erin Ballard. Monty started The Ballard Foundation to assist Cinco Charities financially in the construction of their vision, a Hospital Hospitality House in Katy. A Memorial to Monty’s dad, Carroll Ballard, a longtime working Texas cowboy is located in the lobby of the Ballard House. His saddle and other memorabilia are displayed.

Ian & Nancy Threagold
Garry and Ann Weiss
The Margeret Holbrook Room
The Boxleitner & Kugler Families and Priscilla Pfaff
The Kuykendall Family
Phillip and Gayle Huffman
Carl and Dr. Elizabeth Bloom Family
Jon and Roxie Marshall Family
Lake Pointe Estate Bunko Babes