HomeAid Houston, a 501 c 3 charity of the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA), is partnering with custom builder and GHBA member Sandcastle Homes, to make improvements to a 950 sq. ft. house that is being converted into an office and counseling center for AGAPE Development. The enhancements will provide a more modern space for day- to- day operations and provide a place for work placement assistance and counseling for the young men and women working with AGAPE.
Sandcastle Homes, led by Nicole Keown is tackling the project as part of their commitment to improving the lives of young men and women in the Third Ward. Work includes new drywall, paint, flooring and adding cabinets and lighting and finishing a powder room. AGAPE identifies existing properties that have in some cases, been abandoned or are in total disrepair and refurbishes them that at the same time revitalizes the community.
With its location within Houston’s historic Third Ward, the faith based Agape Development’s Gateway Houses are part of a residential program to help 18-25 year olds make the transition to healthy adulthood by assisting with housing, utilities, food and transportation while providing counseling, job preparation and guidance in continued education.
“The goal is to assist young adults on the path to becoming independent healthy adults who are not only able to support themselves through gainful employment, but are also able to support their community through volunteering, church membership, and active community involvement,” said Carole Brady, executive director of HomeAid. "We thank Sandcastle Homes, Nicole Keown and the many vendors and suppliers who are donating to this effort."
Companies who have donated their products and services include: Coastal Bend Companies, EC Contractors, CJ Builders Sales, WestPak, Montalbano Lumber, Houston Carpet Service, Texas Electrical Contractors and Lone Star Air.
HomeAid Houston, a 501 c 3 charity of the Greater Houston Builders Association has been building transformational housing for homeless care agencies throughout Houston and surrounding counties since 2003. The first shelter was dedicated in 2005. Since then, 53 projects have been completed that have added $14.2 million in real estate value to Houston’s homeless community, including $7.2 million worth of donated materials and labor from generous GHBA builders and their trades. These projects have served more than 22,000 homeless men, women, children and veterans in our city.