To most of us, November brings excitement and anticipation because it represents the beginning of the Holiday Season, with Thanksgiving the official kickoff. To thousands of others, November is just another month of challenges and heartache, if you are one of the homeless men, women, children and veterans who struggle to stay warm and safe, and alive on the streets. November has been designated Homelessness Awareness Month, and HomeAid Houston is highlighting it with their Thanksgiving Basket Drive from November 4 through the 22nd.
HomeAid Houston is collecting an assortment of Thanksgiving items at their office at the Greater Houston Builders Association and assembling holiday dinner baskets to donate to three of their homeless care providers. They are Angel Reach, Cannon Recovery House, and Fort Bend Women’s Center. Partnering with these organizations helps them continue their mission to “build new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach.” This Basket Drive is made possible with the donation of basket items and the assistance to help assemble them.
HomeAid has been collecting the traditional foods that define a Thanksgiving feast. They include boxed stuffing, instant mashed potatoes, friend onions, canned cranberry sauce, canned mushroom soup, canned corn, canned yams, canned green beans, canned or powdered gravy, foil turkey roaster pans and non-perishable pumpkin spice flavored desserts. To help assist in purchasing a turkey, HomeAid is accepting $25 H-E-B Gift cards. The baskets will be assembled on November 22 and hand delivered to the agencies in time for Thanksgiving.
"The purpose of Homelessness Awareness Month,” explained Patrick Mayhan, president of HomeAid Houston, “is to draw attention to the needs of people who are homeless or who are facing homelessness locally, and to provide opportunities for the community to become involved with this national crisis. Most of us look toward the holidays as a time to honor the season's traditions," Mayhan added, "but the best part of this season comes when we can give to others."
The agencies HomeAid has selected to receive the baskets are providing critical services that will change lives and help their clients to emerge into the community as productive and happy individuals and families. Angel Reach assists children who are aging out of foster care and have no life-skills or family support; Cannon Recovery House provides a safe, secure and structured living environment for veterans who are overcoming PTSD and substance abuse, and Fort Bend Women's Center assists survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and their children to achieve safety and self-sufficiency, while striving to prevent violence against women.
HomeAid Houston is a 501 c 3 charity of the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA). The agency was established in 2003 to work with Houston homeless care providers to build and renovate shelters that transform lives. By partnering with GHBA builders, remodelers, developers and suppliers, HomeAid is able to effectively multiply the impact of gifts provided by generous donors.
Since 2003, HomeAid Houston has completed 54 projects that added over $14 million in real estate to Houston’s homeless community. HomeAid is located at 9511 West Sam Houston Parkway North. For more information on HomeAid Houston visit www.homeaidhouston.org or call 281-970-8970.