HomeAid Completes Covenant House Remodel
June 7, 2010

The last coat of paint was still drying as dozens of people gathered to mark the completion of HomeAid Houston’s Covenant House Texas (CHT) remodel project.  Kenneth Charanza Contracting, Inc. and Leslie King, HomeAid board member and president of Greymark Construction Co. spear-headed the Project.  The HomeAid team remodeled  the CHT administration building that was built in the ‘30’s.  The work included redesigning and remodeling the conference room, installing new floors, repairing and painting all interior walls, repainting the exterior entry and renovating the downstairs lavatory.  

Covenant House Texas (CHT) Crisis Shelter serves homeless youth ranging in age from 18 – 20. Many of the shelter’s residents shared in the official dedication ceremony.  Vendors who donated their time, services and materials to help complete renovations were honored; they included Airtron Houston, BMC Select, Carlos Cea, Ferguson Enterprises, Inc., Floors, Inc., Gabariel Acosta, G&C, M&M Lighting, Mannington, Nick’s Plumbing, Price Phister, Santiago Perez, Sherwin-Williams Paint Co., Schwartz Electric, Warrior Painting Contractors, and Westheimer Plumbing & Hardware.  Guest speakers included Parke Patterson, vice president of HomeAid, Ronda Robinson, Covenant House executive director, Kenneth Charanza, builder captain and Kevin Holland, president of the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA). Other guests included GHBA board members and HomeAid board members.

HomeAid Houston, a GHBA charity, helps build transitional housing for individuals facing homelessness.  HomeAid recruits GHBA members to provide donated labor, materials, services and funds to assist in the construction.  Since its inception in 2003, HomeAid has added 390 beds and provided care for approximately 4500 men, women and children. The Covenant House remodel is considered a HomeAid Care Project, i.e. projects that range in cost from $10,000 to $20,000 and can be completed in weeks instead of months.

Covenant House Crisis Shelter serves homeless youth housing an average of 40 to 50 each night.  The youth come voluntarily and no one is turned away.  All individuals are given a medical exam and vocational and psychiatric assessments to determine what additional services are needed. Shelter residents are assigned an advisor who works with the youth, other agencies, and family members to develop a plan that will return the youth to a stable living arrangement and/or independent living.  The shelter is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at no charge.

“Working with organizations such as Covenant House Texas inspires every member of the HomeAid team,” said Kenneth Charanza.  “It is a hard fact to face that so many young folks are living on the streets in Houston.  “Each of us were dedicated to providing whatever we could to help improve the shelter.  Today is a good day for HomeAid, as we present the completed project to Covenant House Texas.”     

For more information on HomeAid Houston visit www.homeaidhouston.org or call the Greater Houston Builders Association at 281-970-8970.