June 4, 2019

HomeAid Houston and the Greater Houston Builders Association’s (GHBA) Remodelers Council (RMC), recently partnered on two renovation projects for local charities Santa Maria Hostel and Lydia's Place.


Years ago, HomeAid Houston identified the valuable services that Santa Maria Hostel provides for women struggling to regain self worth and hope for a better future. This commitment also extends to female veterans who are facing homelessness.  HomeAid shares the same dedication to helping women in need, so partnering with GHBA members to improve Santa Maria’s facility was a natural progression.  HomeAid and the GHBA RMC team of Melanie Heinrich with TriFection Remodeling & Construction, Cassie Milam with The Detering Co., Remodelers Council President Sherry Pruitt, owner of Whodid It Designs & Remodeling, William Cole, owner of Divine Renovation and Donna Buenik, director of builder programs, GHBA, came together to remove doors, add drywall, provide a fresh coat of paint in all of the rooms, baseboards and ceilings; replaced the lighting and flooring; relocated the laundry area and installed two new refrigerators. Individual closets will also be built for the residents. 


Lydia's Place improvements included replacing eight a/c units and repairing water-damaged walls and floors and providing new appliances that were purchased for several units and the office. Volunteers also built a shed to house tools and are devising a plan to renovate the walkway leading to the units. 


Lydia’s Place offers fifteen single room occupancy apartments to recovering, drug-free males, 18 years of age or older, who are living with HIV/AIDS. Support services are available to residents and their families.


The Remodelers Council volunteers and sponsors who donated products and services included,  International Flooring, Expressions Home Gallery, Closet Factory, High Performance Home Systems, Lowe's, Sherwin-Williams and Colony Flooring.  Sponsoring lunch were Moe Toofan and TBR Construction. A huge thank you goes out to the numerous trades who also donated their hard work to make these projects happen.


 “HomeAid is honored to work with the incredibly generous RMC team," said Patrick Mayhan, president of HomeAid.  "They have been involved in renovating numerous HomeAid homeless care agencies as part of their annual charity work. HomeAid is also grateful to the incredible donors who are providing the necessary funding and the vendors who are donating  materials and services.” 


The agency 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 is able to effectively multiply the impact of gifts provided by generous donors.