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Overview

At Ark House we understand some of the challenges facing individuals who are undergoing extended medical treatment. Finding reasonably priced, comfortable, temporary housing can be an additional worry in an already stressful situation. By providing you with economical living quarters, we hope to ease the financial burden brought on by medical crisis so that you can use your energy to return to good health.

History

Ark House began in 1985 as a project of the Ark Sunday School Class of First United Methodist Church Richardson. One of their class members, Ben Glomb, required extended cancer treatment at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston and his family found few options available for affordable housing. Ben and his wife suggested a Sunday School Class project might be to begin an apartment ministry to serve people coming to Dallas hospitals for medical treatment. Regrettably, Ben passed away before seeing the project implemented, but as a memorial to him, Ark House was created.

The first Ark House apartment, located near Baylor Hospital, was rented and furnished by members of the Ark Sunday School Class. The need for such housing was great and the apartment was always in demand. In response to the need, additional apartments were rented and furnished.

The class supported the project for several years but with the addition of more apartments the project grew beyond the class's ability to manage. A Board of Directors was formally appointed and Ark House eventually became an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

By 1995 seven apartments were available and by the year 2000 Ark House had grown to 14 apartments. Currently Ark House has 21 fully furnished apartments.

The Board continues to function as the administrative body of Ark House and is composed of a diverse group of volunteers, several of whom have no affiliation with First United Methodist Church of Richardson.

Our Volunteers

Ark House has always been, and continues to be, run entirely by dedicated volunteers who oversee every aspect of our organization from administrative duties to maintaining the apartments and their furnishings to coordinating with social workers.

Our Donors

Ark House is an independent , non-profit organization that receives no government funding and is not directly affiliated with any religious institution. We rely upon public support through our network of generous individual donors and corporate sponsors.

Our Board of Directors

Our 21 member Board of Directors assumes an active role in the daily operations of Ark House and several have been with the organization since its inception. Ask any board member and they will tell you that their commitment stems from understanding the positive impact that Ark House has on patients facing life threatening medical issues.