Over the past 15 years, HomeAid Houston has worked in partnership with dozens of GHBA members to provide remodeling and small construction services to area homeless care agencies that are called HomeAid Care Projects.
HomeAid is partnering for second time with the Greater Houston Builders Association Remodelers Council (RMC) and Custom Builders Council (CBC) on a project for 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.
This new project is reinstalling four portable showers that were built in 2018 and refurbished by the RMC and CBC team. The work will also include helping to establish a sewer tap and water meter on the property for the agency. Jim Holcomb with Holcomb Properties, a long-time supporter of HomeAid and the Greater Houston Builders Association donated $20,000 toward the reinstall.
The original work was led by Sherry Pruitt with Whodid It Designs and included Melanie Heinrich with TriFection Remodeling and Sandra Crook with Greymark Construction who refurbished the exterior shell of the buildings as well as gutting and replacing all of the mechanicals inside and out. The new shower stalls were built and finished out with new water heaters, doors, hardware, siding, roofing, benches and stairs.
The second phase of the original project was led by Todd LeBlanc with LeBlanc Custom Homes with his co-captain Rick Mosher with The Detering Co. The CBC built a new freestanding shower unit that added two new shower rooms. Matt Sneller with Sneller Custom Homes & Remodeling worked with Todd LeBlanc and the volunteers to complete it.
The shower units will be moved to their new location at St. Paul's/San Pablo's Episcopal Church at 7843 Park Place Drive.
"Beginning in 2001, volunteers at Crossroads created a safe haven where they serve lunch, provide showers, wash clothes and work to restore dignity to those living on the streets," said Patrick Mayhan, president of HomeAid. "Last year this agency served nearly 18,000 meals and provided over 5,000 showers. Our partnership with the generous members of GHBA's RMC and CBC is ensuring Crossroads can continue to provide comfort and hope to so many who are homeless."
Crossroads serves on average 400 individuals each week who are homeless or simply living in poverty. The program and services have grown from providing immediate basic needs to assisting participants in finding housing, employment, counseling and healthcare.