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 16 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 as the GHBA celebrates 79 years with the installation of Incoming President Rob Hellyer and his 2020 board of directors. The theme was Stand Strong - Tenacity takes root in Houston.
The 2019 Remodeler Of the Year award winner was Sherry Pruitt with Whodid It Designs. Sherry has been active with the GHBA for many years and has recently been involved with several HomeAid Care projects. These are remodel or smaller construction projects for HomeAid's homeless care agencies. Sherry helped lead the GHBA Remodelers Council to give the young men and women at Agape Development’s Gateway Houses safe, updated living spaces in which they would be proud to live as they transition into stable, responsible adults.
Located in Houston’s historic Third Ward, the faith based Agape Development’s Gateway Houses are part of a residential program to help 18-25 year olds make the transition to healthy adulthood by assisting with housing, utilities, food and transportation while providing counseling, job preparation and guidance in continued education.
GHBA Custom Builder Of the Year award winner was Jim Bob Taylor with D. L. Doyle Construction. Jim Bob co-chaired with Matt Sneller of Sneller Custom Homes on two HomeAid projects that was a partnership between HomeAid and the GHBA's Custom Builders Council (CBC). The team provided a work day to enhance the campus of Casa de Esperanza de los Ninos by planting seasonal foiliage, and for the House of Hope for Children later in the year, making basic improvements to that facility.
The GHBA Builder of the Year award was presented to Chesmar Homes. This past year Chesmar partnered with Toll Brothers to build a GHBA Benefit Home in NorthGrove that when sold raised nearly $250,000 for HomeAid and Operation Finally Home, both GHBA charities. The Benefit Homes Project is an annual charity fundraiser of the GHBA. Chesmar Homes recruited their vendors and suppliers to donate materials and labor to build the home at a reduced cost. They sold the house at market value and proceeds were split between the two charities. Over the past 13 years, Chesmar has built several Benefit Homes that benefit HomeAid.
The GHBA Developer Of the Year Award went to Peter Barnhart with Caldwell Cos. Caldwell donated a lot to the Benefit Homes Project in 2011 and Newmark Homes donated the construction management for that home. A portion of the funds raised through the sale of the home were donated to HomeAid Houston.
"The GHBA's "Of the Year Awards" is a night to honor the best in the building industry," said Jim Muska, 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."
HomeAid was started in 2003, and the first shelter was dedicated in 2005. Since then, 54 projects have been completed, adding over 400 beds and over 14 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.
For more information about HomeAid Houston visit www.homeaidhouston.org or call 281-970-8970.