HomeAid Houston, a 501 c 3 charity of the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA), recently held a fundraiser at The Westin/Memorial City called "Providing a Way Home". The event was the 9th annual HomeAid's Amazing Ladies' Organization (HALO) luncheon and raised a record of over $120,000.
Nearly 450 women representing a variety of industries and professions were in attendance. Guests were asked to bring new home goods items to fill Essentials Baskets, an ongoing partnership with the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County's - The Way Home program. These baskets will assist Houstonians displaced by Hurricane Harvey as well as other homeless men, women, families and veterans who are moving into temporary housing.
The event also provided guests an opportunity to network and to view a photography exhibit of several HomeAid construction projects.
Leading the program were speakers, Bette Moser, executive director of HomeAid Houston, and Casey Watts Morgan, executive vice president and CEO of the Greater Houston Builders Association.
Guest speaker Eva Thibaudeau-Graczk, director of programs for the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston and Harris County, gave an overview of the current homeless situation in Houston and shared from the perspective of the homeless, "what makes a home".
Kirk Craig, founder and executive director of Agape Development was joined by Teara, one of Agape's young graduates. Craig and Teara held a one-on-one discussion on-stage, that took the audience through some of the challenges Teara experienced growing up, before and after becoming a part of Agape Development.
Carole Brady, executive director of Family Promise of Lake Houston, an agency that will be breaking ground soon on a new facility in partnership with HomeAid, concluded remarks with a call to action.
HomeAid's annual HALO Luncheon was started nearly 10 years ago by retired GHBA CEO, Toy Wood, in the kitchen of one of HomeAid's homeless care agencies with just six women. Since then HALO has become a hallmark event each year as the number of attendees and industries represented have grown dramatically.
"The 9th annual HALO luncheon was a wonderful event that brought together nearly 450 of Houston's finest women with very generous hearts," said Bette Moser. "These women were provided an up close and personal look at what it means to be homeless, and took with them valuable information about Houston's homeless community. The entire HomeAid board and staff thank all of our guests and sponsors for the largest HALO event to date."
HomeAid’s vision for HALO is to inspire more women within all industries to join the challenge in giving hope to
by making HomeAid Houston their personal charity of choice.