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How HomeAid Works

Dear Friends of HomeAid Houston,
Abundance...is shown in the Thesaurus to have many meanings: profusion, great quantity, plenty, loads. And, those are all words that described the year 2016. In a season that could have been defined by scarcity, our donors, our builder captains, our volunteers, our board of directors, our staff all worked together to make sure this would be a year when the homeless of Houston would feel a profusion of care, a great quantity of healing and hope. You, our loyal supporters, worked with us to guarantee Houston's homeless care providers would feel plenty of love, as we built and renovated beautiful, dignified housing and service buildings for homeless children, and families.

Who We Are

HomeAid Houston, a charity sponsored by the Greater Houston Builders Association, is one of 17 chapters of the national organization, HomeAid. With the mission to build new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach, HomeAid Houston was established in 2003 to work with Houston homeless care providers to build and renovate transformational shelters. By partnering with GHBA builders, remodelers, developers and suppliers, HomeAid Houston is able to effectively multiply the impact of gifts provided by generous donors.

Since 2003, HomeAid Houston has completed over 42 projects, adding $12.6 million in real estate to Houston's homeless community and providing beds for more than 20,000 homeless men, women and children in our city.

Major New Construction Projects

I would like to thank all the hands that built this cottage, especially Partners in Building, the vendors who donated their goods and services, and the agency that made this all come together, HomeAid Houston. This home gives me hope for the future that I can be successful as a student and a strong African American young woman while providing a place where I can grow closer to God.

Regina, Boys and Girls Country student

Completed in 2016:

Boys and Girls Country This 8100 square foot building, dedicated in December of 2016, was built by Partners in Building, in partnership with many GHBA vendors and trades. The beautiful new building includes a bedroom and bathroom for each child, along with an attached apartment for both the "teaching parents" and the "relief parents".

Under Construction in 2017:

Boys and Girls Country with Builder Captain Lennar Homes / Village Builders - Construction of Cottage #2 for homeless boys and girls. Ground has been broken, building to commence second quarter.

Family Promise of Lake Houston with Builder Captain The Signorelli Company - Construction of a 4500 square foot Family Day Center that will provide homeless families a place to come for care and services. Probable groundbreaking fourth quarter

Gracewood with Builder Captain David Weekley Homes - Construction of duplexes for homeless mothers and children. Probable groundbreaking fourth quarter

Thank you for everything you did to make the renovation of the Rocket Center at Casa de Esperanza possible. As I watched the progress of the build and renovation, it reminded me of an extended family gathering: a family reunion of sorts, where everyone had come together to pitch in and help a family member who needed a bit of a helping hand.

Susan Mollitar, Residential Programs Supervisor at Casa de Esperanza de los Ninos - thanking David Weekley Homes and HomeAid Houston

HomeAid Care

Completed Three HomeAid Care Projects:

Casa de Esperanza de los Ninos with David Weekley Homes, through their CARE Program - The CARE team at David Weekley Homes worked with HomeAid Houston to renovate the "Rocket Center", providing updated, comfortable and functional space for case management and family visits.

Casa de Esperanza de los Ninos with the GHBA's Custom Builders Council - Once again, the GHBA's Custom Builders Council partnered with HomeAid, to renovate one of the houses that provide a safe and loving home for homeless children, ages birth to 6.

In April of 2017, HomeAid Houston and the Greater Houston Builders Association will be honored at Casa's Gala as their "Volunteer Group of the Year".

Santa Maria Hostel
Greymark Construction and HomeAid Houston teamed up to renovate the lobby area of the Bonita House, providing a warm and welcoming environment for women seeking help and healing from drug addiction and alcoholism and their children.

HomeAid has four HomeAid care projects planned for 2017:

A Caring Safe Place with Builder Captain Sandcastle Homes

Agape Development with Builder Captain GHBA's Remodelers Council

Freedom Place with Builder Captain Sneller Custom Homes and Remodeling

Casa de Esperanza de los Ninos with Builder Captain GHBA's Custom Builders Council

Our major new construction and remodeling projects continue to operate with a 30 - 40% donation rate and our HomeAid Care projects are showing donation rates of 50 - 100%. In addition, HomeAid donates $10,000 per HomeAid Care project, to cover labor and materials.

Fundraising

Our three ongoing fundraising projects - The Tenth Annual Charity Golf Tournament "Driving Out Homelessness," our Tenth Annual Project Playhouse and our HALO luncheon - were extremely successful in terms of generating proceeds, creating awareness and having fun!

Gross proceeds from the golf tournament were slightly over budget, at $77,400, while M/I Homes' Project Playhouse came in at $78,700 in gross revenues. Our HALO luncheon, hosted by retired GHBA CEO Toy Wood, hit an all-time high, grossing $105,000.

2016 saw the continuation of our fundraising initiative, "HomeAid Heroes". This program

enables builders, developers, real estate agents and associates to rally behind HAH, as they commit to donate a specific amount per home sale, lot sale or product sale. During the fifth year of "Heroes," HomeAid raised $62,500.

The GHBA's Benefit Homes Project gave a gift to of $22,800 thanks to builder/developer teams Castletree Homes and Land Tejas Companies, Ltd.

2016 saw the launch of "Third Party Events", with DPIS leading the fundraising initiative with their Crawfish Boil, benefitting HomeAid.

Regarding grant writing, HomeAid continues to see significant income from grant and foundation activity, raising $72,750 in 2016.

Marketing

A major addition to HomeAid's community outreach was the continuation of the Picture This project, created and curated by our Director of Public Relations, Terry Swenson. Terry's vision has been to provide disposable cameras to the homeless and ask them to photograph their world. In 2016, we began a new initiative, "What's in Your Cart?", asking the homeless to photograph their most precious belongings. Plans are underway to roll out this new exhibit in the latter part of 2017.

2016 was another banner year for our public relations efforts, with HomeAid being featured on radio and television. Our print coverage continued to grow, with almost weekly mentions in the HOME section of the Houston Chronicle, our monthly two page article in the Houston Builder magazine and periodic mentions in the Houston Business Journal. In addition, articles about HomeAid appeared in various local community newspapers, websites, magazines and in the quarterly Texas Association of Builders' publication Texas Builder.

OUTFRONT Media kept three billboards, created by On-Target! Marketing & Advertising Agency and BrivicMedia, in rotation for us throughout 2016 in various locations. Our relationship with OUTFRONT yielded even greater results, as we offered billboard sponsorships for Project Playhouse and the annual Charity Golf Tournament and we were able to honor our Builder Captain, Partners in Building, with "thank you" billboards.

The look and feel of HomeAid is demonstrated graphically every year by our wonderful GHBA member, Perfect Image Signs, who donates the production of our signage for our fundraising events and construction sites, groundbreakings and dedications.

HomeAid's relationship with the Houston Astros continued to flourish in 2016, with our playhouse constructed by M/I Homes, showcased at Minute Maid Park for eleven home games in the summer and projected on the Astros' Jumbotron before the games. We were pleased to have been invited back to Minute Maid Park for 2017 and beyond.

We have been privileged to work with the Houston Astros and their Foundation, for the past ten years. What a blessing it is to be at Minute Maid Park every summer, to create community awareness of HomeAid, have fun promoting our Playhouse and cheering on our Astros!

Bette Moser, Executive Director HomeAid Houston

2016 HomeAid Houston Board of Directors at the Strategic Planning Retreat

Celebrating the completion of the remodeling project at Santa Maria Hostel

2016 Board of Directors

Cindy Hinson
Lennar/Village Builders
President

Bob Carroll
Bank of America

Lisa Clark
Ryko Development

Bill Dalton
Darling Homes
Secretary

McCalle Fryar
2-10 Home Buyers Warranty

Craig Gentry
Wells Fargo Mortgage

Chris Hawkins
Bayou City Risk

Toner Kersting
Snyder Energy Services

Leslie King
Greymark Construction

Greg Madrey
Builders Post-Tension

Patrick Mayhan
Westin Homes

James Miller
Empire Communities

Casey Morgan
CEO, GHBA

Jim Muska
Satterfield and Pontikes Construction, Inc.

Tasha Steiner
On-Target! Marketing & Advertising

Brian Stoker
Amegy Bank
Treasurer

Jennifer Taylor
Newland Communities

Salty Thomason
Champions Hydro Lawn
Vice President

Greg Tomlinson
Builders Post-Tension
Immediate Past President

Jennifer Wall
BMC

Mark Welch
David Weekley Homes

Toy Wood
Retired, GHBA