Friends of HomeAid Houston,
say that 2017 was a year to remember in
Houston, Texas can’t even begin to describe it.
For HomeAid, 2017 was a year of many goals
accomplished, new records set and first-ever
initiatives launched. It was also a time when
the board of directors, the staff and the
members of the Greater Houston Builders
Association worked together to “weather the
storm” of Harvey and its after-effects and,
more than ever, we stood together as proud
citizens of Houston.
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
shelters that transform lives. By partnering
with GHBA builders, remodelers, developers and
suppliers, HomeAid Houston is able to
effectively multiply the impact of gifts
provided by generous donors.
2003, HomeAid Houston has completed over 47
projects that added $12.8 million in real
estate to Houston’s homeless community, and
provided beds for more than 20,000 homeless
men, women and children in our city.
we watched 2017 unfold, the core values of
HomeAid became even more relevant:
deserves the basic provision
shelter as a necessity of life.
want to be homeless
will respond with
themselves if given the
as citizens of this nation,
state and city, have a
and moral responsibility to
the lives of our
sharing with them the gifts and
talents we possess.
New Construction Projects
and Girls Country: Hamill Cottage
8100 square foot building was under construction in 2017 with
Builder Captain Lennar/Village Builders and in partnership with
many GHBA vendors and trades. The beautiful new home includes a
bedroom and bathroom for each child, along with an attached
apartment for both the “teaching parents” and the “relief
parents.” A dedication is planned for first quarter 2018.
Lennar/Village Builders team has been fortunate
enough to get to know the wonderful boys who
will be living in this cottage. These boys have
displayed a strong work ethic, positive
attitude and gratitude that have had a lasting
impact on all of us. We are proud to share this
experience with our partner, HomeAid Houston."
Hinson, Director of Community Affairs for
Promise of Lake Houston with Builder Captain
First America Homes, an affiliate of the
of a 4500 square foot Family Day Center that
will provide homeless families a place to come
for care and services. Breaking ground in 2018.
with Builder Captain
David Weekley Homes
of four duplexes for homeless
children. Breaking ground in 2018.
America Homes, a division of the Signorelli Company, is extremely honored to be
partnering with HomeAid to build the new Family Day Center for Family Promise
of Lake Houston. Theirs is a truly worthwhile and noble charity and we are
excited to be able to help them as the build captain for this project in their
mission to serve those in need in our area."
Barnhart, Signorelli Company
Care projects which are smaller in scope:
Caring Safe Place with Builder Captain
remodel project for an agency that provides crisis intervention
services and housing for men living with HIV who are also
victims of drug abuse, abandonment and abuse.
Development with Builder Captain
GHBA’s Remodelers Council
of two existing homes that provide young men and women safe,
nurturing living spaces as they transition into stable, healthy
Place with Builder Captain
Sneller Custom Homes and
and First American Fire Protection
project provided the equipment and labor to install a fire
suppression system that was required for the Freedom Place
“next step” cottage. Freedom Place offers Christ-centered care
and recovery for underage female victims rescued from sex
de Esperanza de los Niños with Builder
Captain GHBA’s Custom
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. HomeAid
Houston and the GHBA’s CBC were honored in 2017 as Casa’s
“Volunteer Group of the Year.”
has three HomeAid Care
projects planned for 2018:
AT PARK PLACE – a joint project of the GHBA’s
Remodelers Council and the Custom Builders Council, to restore
their shower facilities and build additional showers.
VILLAGE – perform maintenance and remodeling of
the cottages built on the Wellspings’ campus in 2006, with the
GHBA’s Remodelers Council.
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 nearly 50%. In addition,
HomeAid donates $10,000 per HomeAid Care project to cover labor
was a record breaking year for fundraising with our Development
Committee and staff, raising a total of $724,000, 15% over
budget and an increase of 38% over prior year’s budget.
three ongoing fundraising projects - our Eleventh Annual
Charity Golf Tournament “Driving Out Homelessness,” our
Eleventh Annual Project Playhouse and our HALO luncheon - were
extremely successful in terms of generating proceeds, creating
awareness and having fun!
proceeds from the golf tournament were over budget, at $81,000,
while Taylor Morrison/Darling Homes’ Project Playhouse
completely “knocked it out of the park” with a record-breaking
$106,830 in gross revenues. Our HALO luncheon also reached an
all time high, grossing $123,000.
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 committed to
donate a specific amount per home sale, lot sale or product
sale. During the sixth year of “Heroes,” HomeAid raised
GHBA’s Benefit Homes Project gave a gift to HomeAid of $122,700
thanks to builder/developer teams Chesmar Homes and Newland
Communities, and Trendmaker Homes and Rise Communities.
Regarding grant writing, HomeAid continues to see significant
income from grant and foundation activity, raising $116,600 in
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,
magazines and in the quarterly Texas Association of Builders’
publication Texas Builder as well as a weekly online
presence where articles were picked up by multiple media
Media kept three billboards, created by On-Target! Marketing &
Advertising Agency and BrivicMedia, in rotation for us
throughout 2017 in various locations. In addition, Perfect
Image Signs provided beautiful signage for HomeAid.
Playhouse benefitted from the championship season of our World
Series winners, the Houston Astros! HomeAid’s relationship with
the Astros continued to flourish in 2017, with our playhouse
constructed by Taylor Morrision and Darling Homes, showcased at
Minute Maid Park for 11 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 2018 and beyond.
new Community Outreach committee launched in 2017 giving
volunteers and supporters opportunities to serve our homeless
community through a partnership with the Coalition for the
Homeless of Houston and Harris County and their “The Way Home”