When the call came out for assistance on repairing the roof for a group home where four adults who face extreme daily challenges reside, HomeAid Houston and RoofTec responded within days. Vita Living, a 37 year-old non-profit that provides long -term comprehensive care and support for adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), reached out to HomeAid for help, and the message was received.
HomeAid, a 501 c 3 charity of the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA), immediately reached out to RoofTec, a GHBA member and HomeAid partner on previous projects, to not just make repairs, but to install a completely new roof that included the decking, flashing and shingles. Jose Sandoval, a RoofTec field estimator, arrived with a crew in the morning and completed the re-roofing by the end of the day. The one-story home has been a part of the Vita Living program since 1996 and is located in a neighborhood in the Spring Branch area.
"RoofTec was honored to have worked with HomeAid on the Vita Living project," said Sara Green, director of sales and marketing for RoofTec. " The work Vita Living does for our community is so important, and so many lives are blessed because of the compassion they show to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We wanted to install this roof as quickly as possible to protect the people who live there."
Vita Living is committed to making a conscious effort to create a happy and healthy environment for the residents they serve. The agency has 18 group homes that support up to 78 residents. Each home is designed to accommodate the day to day challenges individuals with IDD face, such as bathing, eating and mobility, yet they are still real homes with bedrooms, living areas, kitchens and back yards that create a warm, home-like environment.
" We are grateful to HomeAid and the professional RoofTec crew that stepped up so quickly to provide a new roof for the home in Spring Branch," said Joseph Cooper, CEO at Vita Living. "It was seamless effort and a gift from HomeAid that's longevity is appreciated by the residents of the home and our entire Vita Living team."
Vita Living employs 130 people that include the home care staff, the Vita Living Center employees and administration. Specially equipped vans transport approximately 70 of the residents to the Living Center each day to participate in enrichment programs such as games, crafts and social interaction. Volunteers are also key to the success of the agency. In 2018, approximately 500 individual, corporate and church volunteers provided 1754 hours of service.
"What Vita Living gives to our community is priceless," said Carole Brady, executive director of HomeAid Houston. "This new roof is just one of many projects we look forward to partnering on with this valuable agency."
HomeAid was established in 2003 to work with Houston homeless care providers to build and renovate shelters that transform lives. Since 2003, HomeAid Houston has completed 54 projects that added over $14 million in real estate to Houston’s homeless community. For more information on HomeAid Houston visit www.homeaidhouston.org or call 281-970-8970