HomeAid Houston, a Greater Houston Builders Association charity, and construction partner, John Gillette of Craftsmanship by John, will soon be dedicating a charity remodel project they collaborated on for Open Door Mission. Bison donated new energy-efficient windows to replace the old windows in the administration office at the Mission. This improvement will also improve and update the facilities overall look and save the agency money long-term.
The Mission, located in Houston’s East End, offers a drug/alcohol recovery program, convalescent care, educational and vocational opportunities, low-income transitional housing and other services for men.
“This is actually the second project completed by HomeAid and Craftsmanship by John,” said Ron Martin, president of HomeAid Houston. “Both projects were enhancements to the Open Door Mission structure.” The building has been around for a long time, so these remodel projects add more comfort and appeal.
“John Gillette of Craftsmanship by John has been a generous contributor to the GHBA and to HomeAid,” Martin added. “He is the ultimate professional and heads a quality construction crew that makes these important improvements a reality.”
The first project HomeAid and Craftsmanship by John teamed up for at the Open Door Mission, was the conversion of an exterior space at the Mission into two offices for counseling services. The renovation required closing in an existing porch, insulating and adding drywall and installing air conditioning, heating, electrical outlets and door openings. As the Remodeler Captain of that project, Gillette donated his time and crew.
The Open Door Mission’s programs and services include a drug and alcohol recovery program, an education center with a free GED program open to the public, job readiness training and other educational opportunities. There is also a transitional and community service program, low-income housing, an alumni association and a convalescent care center.
HomeAid Houston is a 501 c 3 charity that builds transitional housing for Houston’s homeless. Since 2003, HomeAid has completed 23 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.