HomeAid WORKS, HomeAid Houstonʼs newest initiative, is a workforce development program that provides job opportunities to youth facing crisis situations. These individuals come from homeless care agencies that HomeAid has helped to remodel or construct shelters for.
At a recent construction hiring event, HomeAid WORKS was on hand to sign up students who are looking for work within the construction industry. This event was hosted by HomeAid WORKS, the Greater Houston Builders Association, WorkTexas, Building Talent Foundation, Home Builders Institute (HBI), Habitat for Humanity and Houston Community College (HCC), to host 25 employer companies looking for new employees that are eager to work and willing to be trained or certified in positions within the construction industry. Ninety job seekers attended in person, 265 registered as job seekers via the GHBA pre-registration link, and there were over 300 job positions to fill.
Many of the job seekers who attended this hiring event were students from HCC and HBI, the WorkTexas program, Habitat for Humanity and local high schools.
Employer companies that attended included Z and C Plumbing, Arc Electric and Lighting, Builders FirstSource, GCL Gulfcoast Limestone, Cherry Cares, Moss Landscaping, Builders Post-Tension, Clean Scapes, TTS Countertops and Flooring, Arrow Glass Industries, Adams Homes Lone Star, Tamlyn, MEMCO, Perry Homes, American Fire Systems, Airteam, Allpoints Surveying and Wisenbaker Builder Services.
“Partnering with these well-established work programs was a unique way for HomeAid WORKS to provide assistance to a variety of young people who may not be headed to college, but are eager to work within the construction industry,” said James Miller, president of HomeAid Houston. “Like HomeAid WORKS, the programs represented at the event offer vetted individuals wanting to enter the homebuilding industry the tools and training to learn the trade. They not only match these individuals to jobs, they also provide the additional resources such as appropriate training, both instructional and on-the-job, transportation assistance, proper attire and gear, one-on-one mentorship and more, to ensure job success and future advancement. “These individuals want to learn, want to work, want to enter the homebuilding industry, and want to build a better future for themselves and their families,” concluded Miller.
HomeAid WORKS job categories include cabinetry, CDL licensed driver, drywall, foundation, framing, HVAC apprenticeship, insulation, irrigation, junior electrician, landscaping, lumber puller, plumbing apprenticeship, supply trade, trim work and more.
HomeAid is working directly with three of their agency partners, Angel Reach, Boys and Girls Country and Family Promise of Lake Houston to offer this opportunity to clients who have met the qualifications to enter the program.
HomeAid Houston, a 501 c 3 charity of the Greater Houston Builders Association was started in 2003. The agency builds and remodels homeless shelters for its homeless care agencies. The first shelter was dedicated in 2005. Since then, over 70 projects have been completed, adding and impacting over 1750 beds and providing over 1.3 million nights of sleep. This is a 15.8 million dollar added value in housing and improvements. Annually, HomeAid’s projects serve over 5000 homeless men, women, children and veterans in Houston.
For more information about HomeAid Houston or the HomeAid WORKS Program visit www.homeaidhouston.org or call 281-970-8970.