HomeAid Houston’s
Winter 2020 Newsletter

Letter from Carole Brady, Executive Director of HomeAid Houston

After this year, I doubt that we will be able to take anything for granted, and in its place we will embrace a renewed sense of gratitude in our community, friends and families who weathered the storm with us. I am so very thankful, and we have been blessed with the support of so many of our builders, developers, associates and at the forefront, the GHBA, who continued to move us forward and help make these miracles happen!

Now more than ever before….Home Is Everything….so when we build, repair and support those in need, we acknowledge that our build…their Home… is truly EVERYTHING to them!

With all of 2020’s obstacles and unique challenges, I know for a fact that we, as an agency have grown this year….we now know what it takes to safely navigate how we build, repair and support our non-profit homeless providers. We have learned a new way to engage our supporters and our agencies.

Our current major construction projects for 2020 are:

  • Boys and Girls Cottage – a non-profit agency serving children whose families are in crisis. Project built by Empire Builders and was dedicated on October 1, 2020
  • Family Promise of Lake Houston – a non-profit self-sufficiency program serving homeless families with children. Project will be built by First American Homes, a division of Signorelli – Pre-development finished, and building will begin in November 2020
  • We also completed four HomeAid Care Projects for 2020 and were able to deliver necessary items to our agencies during the height of the pandemic.

We are very excited for our 2021 projects which will include several new agencies and partnerships.

On behalf of the entire HomeAid Team, and our wonderful Board of Directors, we thank each and every one of you and cherish the difference you make in the lives of others through HomeAid Houston!

An Irish Proverb to leave you with….

“It is in the shelter of each other that the people live.”

HomeAid Builder Captains Pave the Way to Success for HomeAid Construction

Since 2003, HomeAid Houston has been working with GHBA members who are homebuilders to construct and remodel homeless shelters. These Builder Captains spearhead this essential construction by partnering with HomeAid to secure donated materials and services to ensure the shelters are constructed with little or no cost.

These Builder Captains are often repeat contributors to HomeAid projects and have become HomeAid Impact Partners as they continue to change the lives of the homeless men, women, families and veterans throughout the greater Houston area.

 

 

Matt Sneller
Sneller Custom Homes and Remodeling

Projects Include:
Casa de Esperanza de los Ninos
House of Hope for Children

“These HomeAid projects we worked on, gave our organization an opportunity to make the day- to- day living of children who have had little joy in their lives, a brighter place to call home,” said Matt. “The projects we’ve worked on take only 5 or 6 weeks to complete, and the agencies are gracious and thankful for our assistance, and we are not pressured. This allows us to do our best work for them while continuing to meet our own project’s deadlines. We also benefit from working on HomeAid projects such as Casa by our exposure to different suppliers and trades we may not have used before,” added Matt. “This has resulted in a growing list of companies we do business with.”

Casa de Esperanza strives to break the destructive cycle of child abuse by offering safe homes to children of families in crisis. The goal of Casa de Esperanza is to return physically and emotionally healthy children to stabilized homes where caregivers can safely provide daily care. Children receive comprehensive assessment and intervention services while in placement.

 

 

Cindy Hinson
Director of Product Development Lennar & Village Builders

Projects Include:
Boys and Girls Country
8100 sq. ft. cottage

Cindy Hinson, a HomeAid board member and past president has been instrumental in recruiting Lennar & Village Builders to provide their construction management and leadership to build for HomeAid.

“Being a Builder Captain for a HomeAid project means there is no learning curve,” said Cindy. “It’s construction, it’s what we do, so building a shelter for children such as Boys and Girls Country, was a natural step for us. Helping these kids not only changed the lives of 8 amazing children, it also touched the lives of our team at our organization. Our employees were engaged with the project and were inspired to develop other ways to impact the lives of these kids.”

Boys and Girls Country was established in 1971. Their mission is to change the lives of children from families in crisis by loving and nurturing them in a Christian home environment, raising them to become self-sustaining and contributing adults.

 

 

Mike Dishberger
CEO and Co-Owner
Sandcastle Homes

Projects Include:
U.S Vets Initiative
A Caring Safe Place

“There are so many benefits to being a HomeAid Builder Captain,” said Mike. “Meeting the people these shelters serve; seeing their faces, getting to know them and understanding what their struggles have been is both enlightening and rewarding. We’ve been able to see the facilities when they need help the most, some of them have just been old houses that need refurbishing, others are large structures. But it is easy for us to use our connections within the industry to make the improvements. We spend about 4 to 5 hours a week on a remodel project. That isn’t much time away from our own operation. A Caring Safe Place was a larger project and it took us about 2 months to complete, and it didn’t cost us a thing.

“When we attend the dedication of these projects, that’s where we feel the impact on the time and effort we spent. The residents’ faces say it all. It is so obvious how much it means to them that someone cared enough to become involved and make their life a little brighter. Most of them have never experienced this type of care, involvement and attention.”

U.S. Vets is the nation’s largest nonprofit provider of comprehensive services to homeless and at-risk veterans.

A Caring Safe Place provides life impacting social services which include transitional and permanent housing, substance abuse and mental health counseling, health education, substance abuse support groups, and life skills education.

 

 

James Miller
Regional President
Empire Communities

Projects Include:
Boys and Girls Country Cottage

“Empire has a social responsibility, especially in our arena, to help end homelessness,” said James. “We became a Builder Captain for HomeAid because it gave us an opportunity to change the trajectory of homelessness in our community. And when you think of children who are facing homelessness, there is no question that something must be done, and we have the means to make that happen.

“When we work with HomeAid on a construction project, we form a partnership. They provide the contract, direction and often times resources that help make the project easy. All questions are answered in one place. Once the project gets going, it folds neatly in to our day- to- day operation. The other benefit to being a Builder Captain is the impact it has on our own organization. Our employees went from ‘What is this project?’, to ‘When can we see it, and what can we do?’ And once they visited and saw the construction, the kids, and the excitement it generated across the Boys and Girls campus, it touched them and inspired them to ask for more ways to get involved.”

 

 

Mark Welch
Land Acquisition Manager
David Weekley Homes

Projects Include:
Gracewood’s Next Step Duplexes

Through Gracewood, mothers also receive counseling services and help in obtaining an education and jobs. The agency helps these families refocus their future toward happiness and independence while acquiring the basic tools they need to make long term, quality of life improvements.

“David Weekley has always instilled within his organization, the rewards of employee participation in community involvement by the giving of your gifts, talents and treasure to help those in need,” said Mark. “It is a basic belief that it is not something you have to do, it is something you get to do.

“At the end of your career, you won’t remember the houses you build, it’s the charity projects you were involved with that you will remember.”

 

 

Dave Barnhart
Division President
First America Homes,
A Signorelli Company

Projects Include:
Family Promise of Lake Houston
Life Skills Center
2020 Project Playhouse

“HomeAid makes it painless to step in and manage the construction of their projects,” said Dave. “We are impressed with how they help facilitate various stages, especially early on when they provide their vendor and supplier contacts. That simplifies things. The HomeAid projects are always incredibly valuable to our community and that also speaks to our organization’s desire to give back. Through HomeAid, we are able to do this.”

Family Promise of Lake Houston is an agency that meets the immediate needs of homeless families while empowering them to attain self-sufficiency. During the day, families will come to their “home base” which is the Life Skills Center, where they will complete weekly goals, Life Skills Classes, Budgeting, Parenting, and GED Fast Track Certification.

Project Playhouse is a 14- year-old fundraiser that is in partnership with the Houston Astros Charitable Foundation.

 

 

Allen Griffin
President
Gryphon Builders

Projects Include:
Krause Center

“This project appealed to me for several reasons, the first being that the Center is receiving a plaque in memory of Leslie King, one of GHBA’s most respected builders and individuals within our industry,” said Allen.

“Also, being able to offer my construction management in partnership with HomeAid and another good friend and well-respected builder Jeff Hunt made working on the remodel rewarding in many ways. I enjoy what I do professionally, and when I can do that to better the lives of teens in crisis, there is not better feeling than that. HomeAid makes the process easy, as they are such an experienced and professional organization.”

 

 

Jeff Hunt
Owner
Jeff Hunt Construction

Projects Include:
Krause Center

“I echo Allen’s reasons for being a Builder Captain on the Krause Center,” said Jeff. “Knowing the Center will be honoring the memory of Leslie King makes working on the remodel rewarding. I am also impressed with the services Krause Center provides the teens who live there. A father of a teenage girl myself, I have a sense of the challenges these kids face so offering my construction management experience to the remodel was a natural step. HomeAid is a true partner on the project and provides support during the construction.”

Krause Center serves girls between the ages of 12 and 17 who have survived extraordinarily hard circumstances. Many of the girls arrive at Krause after experiencing severe abuse or neglect. At Krause, they begin to grow and heal through in-depth clinical therapy, personal development activities and spiritual care in a safe setting.

HomeAid is finalizing the details that will initiate a project for Fort Bend Women’s Center (FBWC), the area’s primary provider of free, integral support services for survivors of abuse. It will involve adding additional housing to their Rio Bend campus, that will ultimately add four beds for domestic abuse and sexual assault survivors. HomeAid Houston is leading the search for a Builder Captain to construct the 3225 sq. ft. one-bedroom four-plex.

HomeAid’s HALO Raises Funds at Virtual Event

HomeAid is excited to announce that the 12th anniversary of HomeAid Houston’s HALO Luncheon, that has hosted nearly 2500 guests since its inception, successfully implemented a virtual format in October that maintained the integrity of the fundraiser, while observing social distancing.

HALO, HomeAid’s Amazing Ladies Organization, Luncheon raises funds for future HomeAid construction projects. The event brings hundreds of accomplished women together to hear the intimate side of homelessness that affects men, women, children, families and veterans.

“We created a new format that was just as impactful with its message as our eleven previous luncheons,” said Carole Brady, executive director of HomeAid. “The complicated circumstances we faced did not deter our vision or our determination to share the stories of hope and home that are the cornerstone of this event. The format and event were well-received and we are excited to announce our gross income as of early November is $113,480, with a few donations still coming in. We can’t thank enough our long-time supporters and our new ones for making this happen!”

HomeAid’s HALO Luncheon has raised over half a million dollars since Toy Wood, then GHBA CEO, invited six women to a lunch that was held in the kitchen of one of HomeAid’s homeless care agencies in 2008.

“We were navigating in uncharted waters as we faced the COVID-19 restrictions and mandates during the planning of one of HomeAid’s largest events,” said McCalle Fryar, HALO Chair. “Our theme of “Home”, the speakers and the video program captured the hearts of our virtual guests, inspiring them to donate as they have every year. We are so honored and thankful to these companies and individuals who shared the vision.”

HOMEAID SCORED A HOLE IN ONE FOR THE HOMELESS AT 14th ANNUAL CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT

Team HomeAid scored big all around this year at the 14th Annual Charity Golf Tournament and online auction held at Wildcat Golf Club in October. The tournament raised over $94,000, a HomeAid Charity Golf Tournament Record!

HOMEAID RECEIVES FUNDS FROM THE HOWARD HUGHES CORPORATION® FALL GIVING DRIVE

HomeAid was honored to have been selected as one of five charities to receive funds from the Howard Hughes Corporation annual Fall Giving Drive held during the month of September. For each new home sold during this period, at Bridgeland and The Woodlands Hills, The Howard Hughes Corporation donated $500 on behalf of the buyer to one of the five charities selected by each buyer. The Giving Drive raised a total of over $90,000 for the non-profits. HomeAid was a proud recipient of a portion of these funds.

LET’S GIVE THANKS TOGETHER THROUGH A HELPING HAND

HomeAid Houston is kicking off the Holiday Season with our 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Basket Drive as we collect the traditional ingredients that make a Thanksgiving dinner-to-remember for two agency partners, Abigail’s Place and Attack Poverty. Abigail’s Place serves single mothers in Fort Bend County who are facing episodic homelessness due to circumstances beyond their control, such as the loss of a job, an illness, losing a family member who was the breadwinner, or fleeing domestic violence.

Abigail’s Place was formed to offer hope and healing when all else seems lost. Attack Poverty’s vision is to empower people to attack poverty in their life and community by strengthening under-resourced communities through spiritual growth, education, revitalization, and basic needs. Attack Poverty works to walk alongside community residents to listen, build relationships, and offer the tools and resources needed to help prevent future homelessness.

With these Holiday Dinner Baskets, HomeAid Houston is also supporting and promoting November being Homelessness Awareness Month. This Season of Giving provides the perfect opportunity for the community to become involved in sharing our bounty with those less fortunate. There is always something to be thankful for – and HomeAid Houston is thankful for you, our friends, and supporters!

This year, we are collecting: $25 H-E-B gift cards for turkey, foil turkey roaster pans, boxed stuffing, canned corn/cranberry sauce/green beans/mushroom soup/yams, canned or powdered gravy, fried onions, instant mashed potatoes, and non-perishable pumpkin spice flavored desserts. If you would like to participate and make a positive impact on the community this season, you may drop off items at the HomeAid Houston/GHBA office, 9511 West Sam Houston Parkway North, Houston, Texas 77064, now until 11/19, Monday – Thursday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

PROJECT PLAYHOUSE DEBUTED AT THE WOODLANDS CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

HomeAid’s Project Playhouse launched earlier this year in partnership with First America Homes, a Signorelli Company. First America constructed ‘Mission Control’ that raised funds through ticket sales. Historically these elaborate playhouses have been on display in late summer during Astros home stands at Minute Maid Park. Due to COVID 19 restrictions, the playhouse team explored alternative locations. HomeAid was honored to land Mission Control at its new home at The Woodlands Children’s Museum through November 12.

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