DeGeorge at Union Station marks new Kitchen Remodel with Dedication Ceremony
November 19, 2012
A dedication ceremony that paid tribute to Veteran’s Day and the completion of a remodel project for The De George at Union Station was held November 14th in the lobby of the De George in downtown Houston. This was a HomeAid Care remodel led by Builder Captain Darling Homes. HomeAid Houston is a 501 c 3 charity sponsored by the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA). The project involved overhauling the De George community kitchen area that serves 100 formerly homeless male and female veterans. This is a single room occupancy facility for veterans ranging in age from 28 to 83. To complete the project, Darling recruited a number of vendors and trades who donated material and labor to add a new tile floor, tile backsplash, new plumbing, modern plumbing fixtures and new appliances.
On-hand for the event was Mark Welch with David Weekley Homes and president of the HomeAid Houston board; Tom Lord, president of Housing Corporation of Greater Houston; Lynda Greene, executive director of The De George at Union Station; Eugene Hamilton, a De George client who spoke about his experiences as a resident; Will Holder with Trendmaker Homes and president of the GHBA; Keith Luechtefeld and Bill Dalton, with Darling Homes and the project’s Builder Captain; Leslie King with Greymark Construction and the chairperson for HomeAid Care and numerous HomeAid board members and staff. Appreciation plaques were presented to the vendors.
“Even though these veterans have their own microwave and a mini-fridge in their rooms,” said Bill Dalton, “there has not been an inviting community area where these folks can prepare meals together, something most of us take for granted. The De George goes a long way in offering a safe dwelling for our vets, so the HomeAid-Darling team was honored to enhance the community kitchen for that added touch.”
In addition to providing a clean, safe environment, the De George at Union Station also works with veterans to help identify mental and physical health issues, and locates service providers and treatment options.
The vendors who were a part of the Darling team included Carker Brothers Electric, Cornelius Contracting, Cosentino, Emser Tile, General Electric, Gulf & Basco and Home Depot.
Since 2003, HomeAid Houston has completed 21 projects, adding $8.5 million in real estate to Houston’s homeless community, resulting in over 400 beds serving nearly 5000 homeless men, women and children. The total value of trade contributions and cash contributed from HomeAid Houston is $4.6 million. For more information on HomeAid Houston visit www.homeaidhouston.org or call 281-970-8970.