Dear Friends of HomeAid Houston,
At HomeAid Houston, we spend a lot of time explaining what we do and how we do it. And the statistics behind HomeAid Houston are impressive: In the last ten years, 23 projects completed; over $8 million in real estate to added to Houston's homeless community providing 415 new beds; generous GHBA members have donated $4.6 million in labor and materials to these projects.
However, as 2013 has unfolded, we have been convicted to share with you the "WHY" we do what we do. As we look at how we measure success, we want to focus on the faces and stories of those we are serving – single mothers and children, female veterans recovering from alcoholism and drug addiction; teenage girls being rescued from the slavery of the sex trade.
"Picture This" a project created by our Director of Public Relations, Terry Swenson, and underwritten by HomeAid, has helped us put a face to the issues of homelessness in Houston. It was Terry's vision to bring a new perspective to our community, by distributing disposable cameras to the homeless men and women being served by SEARCH, United States Veterans Initiative and the De George at Union Station and asking them to photograph their world.
The results have been uplifting, sobering, inspiring and provocative. Our first display, photographs from SEARCH clients, is on display in the City Hall tunnel during the month of April and at 1600 Smith Street in May and June. You can also see a sample of some of the photos on the Picture This site; a link to the site it provided on our homepage.
While we are proud of all we have accomplished at HomeAid, we know this is a battle of one mother, one child, one life being redeemed and returned to our community. Thank you for all you do to help us bring "hope and homes to Houston's homeless."