Gracewood Wanda Lane Project Dedication
December 8, 2009

HomeAid Houston, a Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA) charity and Brothers Strong, a pioneer in green remodeling in Houston have partnered to remodel a 3600 sq. ft. home that will soon house four mothers and their children facing homelessness.  The green remodel project is benefiting Gracewood, a charity associated with Children At Heart Ministries.  Michael Strong, president of Brother’s Strong is been orchestrating the construction as dozens of GHBA vendors donate materials, labor and services to assist in the completion. 

The facility has been remodeled with green features that included ELK cool roof, energy efficient Pella windows, radiant barrier paint by Sherwin Williams Paint, blown cellulose insulation by Diversified Thermal, Pex plumbing system installed by Z&C Plumbing, and a Rinaii tankless water heater.

The official dedication of the Gracewood home is scheduled for early 2010.  “We are excited to be able to work closely with Builders Strong in HomeAid Houston’s first remodel project that is also a green building effort,” said Chris Denison, vice president of HomeAid’s board of directors.  “As of today, we are pleased to report that several installations are complete including cabinets from Gulf and Basco, flooring from Dal Tile, and fabrication for kitchen countertops from Conserve IQ and Cangelosi Companies.  Sherwin Williams is currently working with Brother’s Strong to select paint. The doors, donated by BMC West have been hung and Millstone Marble is fabricating the bathroom countertops.”

The original Gracewood facility was demolished to the frame to provide new bedrooms and bathrooms for the families and a new resident care manager’s apartment. An expansion of the existing kitchen will accommodate two dishwashers, sinks, stoves and ovens as well as four refrigerators.  The house is also being finished out with a new laundry room.

Gracewood assists single mothers and their children who are experiencing hardship that could result in homelessness. They provide a safe, loving environment and assist in personal development through counseling, job training and educational classes.

HomeAid partners with GHBA builder members and vendors to construct transitional housing for the homeless. Vendor donations of materials and labor have made it possible for HomeAid to provide 360 beds to the homeless community in Houston caring for 4200 individuals. Donations can include project design, all construction materials, labor and services such as surveys, title work and marketing and even the land on which the facilities are built.

For more information on HomeAid Houston visit the www.homeaidhouston.org website or call the GHBA at 281-970-8970.  For more information on green remodeling visit www.brothersstrong.com