August 27, 2019

 HomeAid was recently honored by being selected as one of four charities to compete for funds at OKRA Charity Saloon in downtown Houston.  Beginning September 1, HomeAid will be showcasing a display that depicts HomeAid's mission - to build new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach.  Three other charities will compete for funds with their own displays throughout the month.  For each purchased drink or food item,  guests receive a ticket for one vote that they cast that evening for their favorite charity.  The charity with the most votes at the end of September receives the next month's proceeds.  Since 2011, OKRA has raised $1,253,247.45 for local charities.

The OKRA Charity Saloon, located at Congress and Main is a historic venue that was originally opened in 1882 as the Original Casino Saloon and remained  open until Prohibition.  The building has also been home to a barber shop and a jazz club.  The central, oval-shaped bar is accented by exposed brick walls with gas light fixtures.  The original circle arch and barrel vault ceilings are still intact today.  OKRA is located at 924 Congress Ave. Houston Texas 77002. 

 "We invite our supporters and their friends and family to spend a fun and unique evening raising awareness about who we are and what we do," said Patrick Mayhan, president of HomeAid.  "The votes  will also raise valuable funds that will go toward our upcoming projects.  It will be a month-long opportunity that could make a difference in the lives of those we serve."

OKRA stands for Organized Kollaboration on Restaurant Affairs.  The concept was created by a group of restaurant and business owners in Houston who recognized a need for a public voice for independent businesses in the industry.  The idea was to pursue community and charitable initiatives in the city.

 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.  For more information on HomeAid Houston visit www.homeaidhouston.org or call 281-970-8970