HomeAid Dedicates Mission of Yahweh Project
October 30, 2006

Numerous team members of the Mission of Yahweh Mercy House were on-hand recently to mark the dedication of the completion of 16 new units designated as transitional housing for homeless women and children affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The Project was constructed within a nine month period by a team of builders, contractors, financial institutions and organizations who donated materials, time and money to complete the Project.
 
 Guest speakers included Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee; Anthony Love, CEO, Coalition for the Homeless for Houston and Harris County; Amy Cobb, community & government affairs specialist with Ameriquest Mortgage, Diane Dempcy, director for HomeAid’s Gulf Coast Rebuilding Fund; Brain Binash, president of HomeAid Houston; Dee Johnson, director for The Mission of Yahweh; Randy Blanchard, president of Green Mountain Building Co. and a Builder Captain; Doyle Stuckey, president of Doyle Stuckey Homes, Builder Captain; Randy Bayer, president of the GHBA and Bette Moser, executive director of HomeAid Houston.  Sister Gay, the founder of The Mission of Yahweh also spoke briefly of events that inspired her to create a shelter for women in need.
 
Also on-hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony were Toy Wood, CEO of the Greater Houston Builders Association; numerous board members of The Mission of Yahweh; HomeAid Houston board members Kathleen Stadler with Suncoast Post-Tension; KC Cox with Weyerhaeuser Company; Theresa Strong with CCGVP; Allen Lusk, Texas American Title, Chris Hawkins, Demolition Partners, Inc., Eddie Martin, Tilson Home Corporation and Tom Walker, Gateway Homes and Tony Boilek of Sherwin Williams Company.
 
After the ribbon cutting ceremony, guests toured the new facility that offers two beds and a full bath per unit.  At the conclusion of the tour, guests were treated to grilled hamburgers, prepared on-site by Suncoast Post-Tension, one of the many vendors who were donors to the Project.  Additional donors were honored with certificates of appreciation, they included: Amegy Bank, Builders Iron, Burgess Construction Consultants, Inc., Dennis Eby Engineers, Excell Foundations, HomeTeam Pest Defense, Integrity Concrete, Goodman Manufacturing, Leilani’s Design Associates, Merit Millwork Inc., and Sun Landscaping.
 
HomeAid Houston, a charity sponsored by the Greater Houston Builders Association, provides construction of homeless housing for deserving homeless service agencies through the use of donated construction management services, labor and material, provided by GHBA members.
 
The Gulf Coast Rebuilding Fund was created through a partnership of HomeAid and Ameriquest Mortgage, in response to the devastation of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  The funds are designated specifically for housing that will benefit evacuees of the hurricanes.
 
“We are thrilled to be celebrating the completion of Mercy House for the Mission of Yahweh,” said Bette Moser, executive director of HomeAid Houston.
 
 “This beautiful facility will be used by survivors of Katrina and Rita initially and will then become a resource for the Houston homeless community.  All of us at HomeAid Houston are in debt to our great team of builders, vendors and suppliers for their partnership in building this badly-needed shelter.”