After being selected as one of four charities to compete for funds at OKRA Charity Saloon in downtown Houston, HomeAid has been honored by the number of patrons who have chosen to vote for the agency. HomeAid Houston builds shelters for homeless care providers.
Beginning September 1, HomeAid and the three other local charities installed a display that depicts their individual missions. HomeAid's mission is 'to build new lives for families and individuals through housing and community outreach'. HomeAid is a 501 c 3 charity of the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA).
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.
A team from HomeAid that included staff and board members greeted guests recently that came out to support the agency. These guests were GHBA board members and GHBA members, friends and relatives. "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."
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.
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 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