HomeAid recently paired up with the GHBA Remodelers Council (RMC), and the Custom Builders Council, (CBC), on a two-phase project to improve and expand the shower facilities at Crossroads at Park Place, a Christian organization committed to promoting the health, hygiene and dignity of individuals experiencing chronic homelessness and poverty in southeast Houston since 2001. The agency serves 200 to 250 people on average daily.
The RMC successfully refurbished four 10-year- old existing shower units. The units had originally been constructed and taken to New Orleans for Hurricane Katrina relief, and then brought back to Houston to service the homeless community thanks to Jim Brakeen, executive director of Crossroads, and his team.
Work by the RMC included a complete refurbishment of the exterior shell of the buildings as well as gutting and replacing all of the mechanicals inside and out. New shower stalls were built and finished out with new water heaters, doors, hardware, siding, roofing, benches and stairs.
The Builder Captains on the project were Sherry Pruitt with Whodid It Designs, Melanie Heinrich with TriFection Remodeling, and Sandra Crook with Greymark Construction.
Donations were provided by: A-Plus Glass, Bluewave Plumbing, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, Red Dog Dumpster, Richard Alan & Associates, Rooftec, Sherwin-Williams, SHR Remodeling & Repair, TriFection Remodeling and Construction, Ty Tipton and Western Pacific with a special thank you to Stephen Twarowski who donated time and labor to do the carpentry work.
The second phase of the Crossroads project was led by Todd LeBlanc with LeBlanc Custom Homes with his co-captain Rick Mosher with The Detering Co. The CBC was tasked with building a new freestanding shower unit similar to the existing units with the goal to add a minimum of two new shower rooms.
This addition would allow 16 more patrons to use the facilities. The units were built at Detering and transported to Crossroads by Dave Gordon with Whitestone Builders
All of the shower building interior and exterior components for both projects were donated project by: BMC, Royal Baths, Moore Supply, Southwest Sales, Image Electric, Richard Alan & Assoc., Therma Tru, Schlage, RoofTec, Sherwin-Williams and The Detering Co.
Matt Sneller with Sneller Custom Homes & Remodeling worked with Todd LeBlanc and the volunteers to complete the project.
Generous GHBA donors Trendmaker Homes and Holcomb Properties Company provided the funding for the projects.
"Crossroads provides basic services that most people take for granted," said Bill Dalton, president of HomeAid Houston. "GHBA's Remodelers Council and Custom Builders Council understood immediately, how important personal care is to making a difference in the lives of the chronically homeless. The teams' work ethic and generosity in giving back, is evident in every project they've partnered on."