HomeAid Houston, a 501 c 3, is grateful to be able to work with many generous members of the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA), since the agency became the GHBA Charity of Choice 15 years ago. These partnerships have been key to HomeAid's success as they work within their mission: To build new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach. Several of these organizations were honored recently at GHBA's annual "Of the Year Awards" event. These awards are based on building industry involvement, association participation and an overall commitment to continuing education within the field. The awards ceremony took place at the GHBA's 2018 Installation Celebration at The Revention Music Center. The evening also featured the formal installation ceremony for the incoming GHBA president, Don Klein with Chesmar Homes and the new board of directors before a crowd of over 400.
The 2017 Developer "Of the Year Awards" winner was Signorelli Company. Signorelli stands out for their experience, knowledge and assistance on a wide variety of issues from government affairs advocacy, political fundraising, industry expertise and charitable giving. They are partnering with HomeAid to build a family day center for Family Promise of Lake Houston in 2018.
Taylor Morrison/Darling Homes was named the 2017 Builder "Of the Year Awards" winner. This company built a HomeAid Playhouse last year that personified the “All American spirit” – and, in the process, broke all records for the charity’s fundraising. They also committed to build a Benefit Home for the GHBA in 2018, and one of their employees is the 2018 HomeAid board president. Not only does Taylor Morrison/Darling Homes contribute to the GHBA through charitable giving, they also are committed to political advocacy for the building industry and commit to significant sales and marketing involvement.
HomeAid Houston is also proud to partner with Kendall McDermott with RoofTec, who was named the 2017 Young Professional "Of the Year Awards" winner. Kendall is as a valuable leader, demonstrating to other young professionals how to get involved in the association. She is also a new member of GHBA's Custom Builder Council and a HomeAid board member. Just a short time after joining the HomeAid board, Kendall immediately stepped up and offered her employer’s services in order to successfully complete "Roofs over Houston’s Homeless", a HomeAid project that repaired the roofs of homeless shelters across the city in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
"The GHBA's "Of the Year Awards" is a night to honor the best in the building industry," said Bill Dalton, president of HomeAid. "We are proud to have so many of the event's talented and generous companies and individuals on our team as we work together to help end homelessness in Houston. We congratulate all of the winners this year and thank our team for their dedication to the HomeAid cause."
HomeAid was started in 2003, and the first shelter was dedicated in 2005. Since then, 46 projects have been completed, adding over 437 beds and 12.6 million dollars in real estate construction and improvements to Houston’s homeless community. Annually, HomeAid's projects serve over 5000 homeless men, women, children and veterans in Houston.