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Rudy Rasmus, the pastor at St. John’s United Methodist church in Houston, had a vision: To identify affordable housing opportunities for low-income and homeless individuals.

For this purpose, Rasmus and his church created the Temenos Community Development Corporation (TCDC), and partnered with the Bread for Life organization already providing services to the community’s homeless.

Singer Beyoncé Knowles, a native of Houston and member of Rasmus’ church, donated to TCDC’s seven-million dollar housing project, the Knowles Temenos Place Apartments, which has been home to 43 previously homeless men and women since 2009.

“[Beyoncé] is an incredible human being, has an incredible heart,” Pastor Rasmus told KHOU News, “and has been extremely helpful in our mission and our ministry here.”

Now underway is a second facility, Temenos Place Apartments, which aims to provide 80 units on a property near Midtown Houston, as well as employment training in the food service industry.

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