Common Ground Ministries has received a $5,200 grant from The Home Depot Foundation for a new play set and materials for renovation to its facility which serves kindergarten to fifth-grade children on Waxahachie’s east side. 

Jim Jordan, vice-president of Common Ground Ministries, announced that the grant was just the start of an “extreme makeover” donation being carried out by Boy Scout Troop 232 under the leadership of Eagle Scout candidate Daniel Erickson and volunteers from the Waxahachie and other Home Depot stores.

“The grant will cover materials for the new play set that Daniel Erickson is installing as his Eagle Scout project and interior renovations to our classroom and kitchen at Common Ground,” Jordan said. “In 20 years of service to kids a lot of things have just worn out from age and heavy use in our after school and summer programs.” We have a mostly new group of beautiful children with us this year and we want to provide a safe and functional area for homework help, teaching how God helps us in our everyday lives and healthy supervised play.

The play set project is being entirely handled by Erickson as his Eagle Scout project. Erickson prepared and submitted the donation request to Home Depot, supervised the tear down of the old play set and will guide installation of the new play set when it is received. Home Depot volunteers are going to replace the worn out carpet at Common Ground with new flooring, renovate the kitchen and food service area and replace some ceiling tiles and light fixtures that are broken.

“We’re excited about these projects but I honestly think that the Boy Scouts and Home Depot employees are more enthusiastic than we are, if that’s possible,” Jordan said.

Installation dates will be set after materials are ordered and a couple of really big work days are planned.

For more information, contact Jordan at 469-245-9419 or e-mail him at