HomeAid Houston, a 501 c 3 charity of the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA), recently held a fundraiser at The Westin/Memorial City called "New Beginnings". The event was the 11th annual HomeAid's Amazing Ladies' Organization (HALO) luncheon that also coincided with November's Homelessness Awareness Month. Nearly 500 women and several gentlemen, representing a variety of industries and professions were in attendance.
Over a decade ago, Toy Wood, then GHBA CEO, invited six women to a lunch held in the kitchen of one of HomeAid's homeless care agencies. Her vision was to build a core of accomplished females who would share in HomeAid's mission - 'to build new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach'. Since then HALO has become a hallmark event each year, as the number of attendees and industries represented have grown dramatically.
"On November 1, we were honored to host nearly 500 women and a handful of men at this luncheon that is one of HomeAid's largest fundraisers," said Wood. "It is humbling to realize how HomeAid's mission is shared by so many within our community. The funds from this event will go directly toward the construction and remodeling of homeless care shelters for the non-profit agencies HomeAid has partnered with."
Leading the program was Cindy Hinson, HomeAid past president and director of community affairs for Lennar/Village Builders. Additional speakers included Toy Wood, Casey Watts Morgan, executive vice president and CEO of the Greater Houston Builders Association and Carole Brady, executive director of HomeAid Houston.
Guest speakers included LaKeisha Jones, senior vice president of Human Resources for Perry Homes, and Jessica Penney, executive director of Family Promise of Lake Houston. Special guest speakers who have worked to transform their lives through crisis situations were Alma from Boys and Girls Country and Caren from Family Promise of Lake Houston, both shared their personal stories. Bel Canto Choir, a girls' choir from Atascocita Middle School, performed "Seeing the You in You" to conclude the program.
"HALO has become a hallmark event for HomeAid as we've passed the 10th year anniversary and are reaching out to nearly 500 individuals," said McCalle Fryar, chair of the HALO Committee and a HomeAid board member. "Our speakers share their personal stories that give us a first- hand account of how the agencies we partner with have changed their lives. We all leave inspired to continue our efforts to help those less fortunate.”
HomeAid’s vision for HALO is to inspire more women within all industries to join the challenge in giving hope to