HOMEAID CONGRATULATES GHBA OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS
HomeAid Houston, a 501 c 3, is grateful to be able to work with many generous members of the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA), since the agency became the GHBA Charity of Choice 18 years ago. These partnerships have been key to HomeAid’s success as they work within their mission: To build new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach. Several of these organizations were honored recently at GHBA’s annual “Of the Year Awards” virtual event. These awards were presented to the various companies, based on building industry involvement, association participation and an overall commitment to continuing education within the field. Due to COVID distancing, the winners were announced through Zoom by GHBA Board President, Keith Luechtefeld.
The 2020 Developer “Of the Year Award” winner was Travis Stone, with Airia Development Co. Travis is a long-time member and supporter of the GHBA. His company Airia was a Diamond Partner, in 2020 and currently in 2021. He is an experienced developer in Montgomery and Fort Bend Counties, has served on Fort Bend County-related taskforces; has been involved with political advocacy through Government Affairs, and is a pioneer in residential land development specializing in master planned communities.
The 2020 Volume Builder “Of the Year Award” was presented to Empire Communities, led by James Mille. Empire Communities has been a huge supporter of both the GHBA and HomeAid Houston. Empire stepped up to the plate to take on the construction of an 8100 sq. ft. cottage in 2019 – 2020 for Boys and Girls Country in Hockley, Texas, a HomeAid charity project. This cottage is home to 8 boys who have come from families in crisis. The Cottage is designed to instill security, warmth and a nurturing environment for as long as the children need a safe haven, many times through high school. James Miller has also served on the HomeAid ladder and is the 2021 board president.
The 2020 Remodeler “Of the Year Award” winner was William Cole with Divine Renovation. Will Cole’s outstanding work and reputation, as well as his leadership as president of the Remodelers Council, has been a testament to his professionalism and his dedication to the homebuilding and remodeling industries. Will took a leading role in several charity projects including renovation work for two HomeAid Houston projects, Lydias Place that included 8 apartment remodels, and SEARCH’s House of Tiny Treasure’s offices. He was also involved in the annual Garage Sale and Home Show.
The GHBA’s “Of the Year Awards” honors the best in the building industry,” said Carole Brady, executive director of HomeAid. “We are proud to have so many of the event’s talented and generous companies and individuals on our team as we work together to help end homelessness in Houston. We congratulate all of the winners this year and thank our team for their dedication to the HomeAid cause.”
HomeAid was started in 2003, and the first shelter was dedicated in 2005. Since then, over 70 projects large and small have been completed, adding over 400 beds and over 12 million dollars in real estate construction and improvements to Houston’s homeless community. Annually, HomeAid’s projects serve over 5000 homeless men, women, children and veterans in Houston.
For more information about HomeAid Houston visit www.homeaidhouston.org or call 281-970-8970.