October 13, 2013

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 Builder Captain, Leslie King with Greymark Construction, have come together to renovate three common areas at the Santa Maria Jacquelyn Street location that are designated for group meetings, a media center and downtime activities such as reading and journaling.  The space is designed to provide a warm environment specifically for Santa Maria’s female veterans’ program called the VIEWS (Veteran Initiative Empowering Women's Stability, Skills, and Self-Determination).

 “HomeAid is again honored to have Leslie King with Greymark Construction, spearhead this HomeAid Care project for Santa Maria,” said Ron Martin, president of HomeAid Houston. “She has been involved in countless HomeAid projects that have added new life to rooms and spaces meant to provide caring services to individuals and families facing homelessness.  The female veterans of Santa Maria’s VIEWS program deserve a personal touch to their living quarters as they recover from tremendous challenges.  HomeAid is also grateful to the incredible donors who are providing the necessary funding and the vendors who are donating  materials and services.” 

Santa Maria’s VIEWS creates 24 new transitional housing beds for homeless female Veterans, as well as offers a comprehensive continuum of care through a menu of supportive services based on individualized needs, to include: transitional housing for up to 12 months; case management; referrals and information; educational and vocational services; life skills training; parenting classes; transportation assistance; integrated mental health services; and, residential and/or outpatient substance abuse treatment if needed