The old sandstone house located at 601 Brazos, on the corner of Brazos and Mesquite, has had many owners, many occupants, and has served many functions in the community. Built in the late 1800’s by Herman Mebus, the house consisted of four rooms, with fireplaces in the east and west rooms; it had 18 inch thick walls, a large basement and two L-shaped porches on the south side. From 1903 until sometime in the 1960’s, when the City of Mason purchased the property, the house had several owners, a variety of occupants and served mostly as a private residence. For the past five decades, the property has functioned primarily as a public facility, providing a home for numerous community programs, such as the Northside Community Center, Extension Homemakers, 4-H Clubs, Girl Scouts, Family Planning, MHMR, Head Start, and the Mason County Ministerial Alliance Food Bank.
Julio and Beatrice Ramon purchased the property from the city in 2011, made much needed improvements to the main house and generously granted YoungLife use of the facility. In further service to our community, Beatrice and Julio agreed to allow the MCMA Food Bank to remain on the premises rent free. On May 27, 2014, the property changed hands once again, this time being purchased by Greater Works Community Development Center, a group of individuals who hope to continue the long tradition of the property’s use for the betterment of the Mason Community. Greater Works could not have purchased this property without the very generous donation of $20,000 by Julio and Beatrice. The volunteers and board of directors of Greater Works, and the Mason County Ministerial Alliance, are very thankful for the generosity of the Ramons. Acquisition of this property provides a permanent home for the MCMA Food Bank and YoungLife and offers unlimited opportunities for ways in which the less fortunate can be better served.
Greater Works arose from a perceived need to complement, not duplicate, the services provided by the Mason County Ministerial Alliance. Historically, the MCMA has provided assistance in three general areas - food for the less fortunate on a monthly basis, limited assistance with utilities, and limited transportation expenses in emergency situations. The MCMA will continue to provide these services and will depend, as always, on the continuing generosity and compassion of Mason County’s residents. Greater Works was established to extend a “helping hand up, not a hand-out” to the less fortunate and the needy in our community. A dedicated prayer room is open every Tuesday at 3:30 PM, so that those who wish can come and receive prayer or can come to pray for the needs of the community. Greater Works is presently implementing a Life Skills Program which will offer instruction on topics such as budgeting, nutrition, job training assistance, etc.; a very conscientious group of ladies is presently receiving ESL instruction from Ceil Worden. Our next scheduled event is pretty exciting - Vacation Bible School for the North Side !