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 2019 Installation Celebration at Houston Stampede Event Center where the theme was Rising to the Occasion - Houston is "Texas Strong".
The evening also featured the formal installation ceremony for the incoming GHBA president, John Williams with K. Hovnanian Homes and the new board of directors before a crowd of over 400.
The 2018 Developer of the Year award winner was Jim Holcomb with Holcomb Properties. Jim has been a mentor to many in the industry. He is an expert in residential development, an astute political advisor and a generous contributor to many GHBA advocacy and charitable causes, giving and donating without recognition but in private, away from the spotlight.
Holcomb Properties has partnered with HomeAid on several HomeAid Care projects by making financial contributions. Holcomb Properties joined Trendmaker Homes to provide funding for the refurbishment and installation of four 10-year- old existing shower units that ensure personal care for the chronically homeless at Crossroads at Park Place, a Christian organization committed to promoting the health, hygiene and dignity of individuals experiencing chronic homelessness and poverty in southeast Houston since 2001. The agency serves 200 to 250 people on average daily.
The GHBA Builder of the Year award was presented to David Weekley Homes (DWH). This past year DWH broke ground on HomeAid's 50th project in 15 years, The Village at Gracewood's Next Step Project. This project has been led by a veteran HomeAid board member who is also part of the DWH team and who just completed his 9th year on the HomeAid board, Mark Welch. The project includes a total of eight duplexes that will house mothers who have been working within the Gracewood program to rebuild their lives, to allow them to complete education and certification programs.
And, most commendable, in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey DWH partnered with HomeAid Houston and other GHBA builders in order to create BuildAid, one of the region’s most responsive Hurricane Harvey-related charities. Under the leadership of David Weekley and the financial support of the David Weekley Family Foundation, not only has BuildAid successfully restored countless homes hit by Hurricane Harvey, but out of the roughly 112 homes either completed or under construction, over 100 of those homes are David Weekley managed homes.
"The GHBA's "Of the Year Awards" is a night to honor the best in the building industry," said Patrick Mayhan, president of HomeAid. "We are proud to have so many of the award winners 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."