HomeAid Works with GHBA Custom Builders Council on U.S. Vet Remodel
August 12, 2014

Years ago, HomeAid Houston, a Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA) charity, identified the valuable services that Santa Maria Hostel provides women, including homeless female veterans, who are struggling to regain self -worth and hope for a better future.  This commitment has translated into construction projects to help improve SMH’s aging facility.  On Saturday, August 16th, the GHBA’s Custom Builders Council (CBC) and HomeAid are teaming up to make improvements to Santa Maria’s multi-purpose room where residents hold meetings and education classes, and where they also gather with family members to celebrate holidays and other special occasions.  

On Saturday at 9 a.m., crews will begin the demolition of components of the multi-purpose room, including two existing bathrooms that have the original fixtures from 1965.  The project includes replacing the flooring, bathroom sinks, cabinets, tubs and toilets in those bathrooms, along with laying floor tiles and installing new cabinets and countertops in the multi-purpose room.  The meeting area will also receive a full redo with new paint, energy-efficient windows and doors. The work will continue over the course of two weeks with an anticipated dedication scheduled for mid September.

“The CBC team of 12 companies, led by Brandon Lynch with Keechi Creek Builders, is donating materials, labor and time to this ambitious effort,” said Bette Moser, executive director of HomeAid Houston.  “Whenever there’s a call for donations or assistance of any kind from HomeAid to the GHBA membership, the response is immediate and heart-felt.  Santa Maria staff and residents and HomeAid can’t thank the CBC enough for their generosity.”

Companies involved include: Bison, A Stock Building Supply Company, BMC Building Materials and Construction Services, Coastal Plumbing, Compass Drywall, Dennis Williams & Company, Inc., Dal-Tile Corporation, The Detering Co. Building Materials, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, MASCO/Merillat Cabinetry, Parmet, Chapman & Madsen, PC,  Sherwin Williams Paint Co. and Texrite.

Santa Maria’s female veterans’ program called the VIEWS (Veteran Initiative Empowering Women's Stability, Skills, and Self-Determination) creates 24 new transitional housing beds for homeless female Veterans.  The program also offers a comprehensive continuum of care through a menu of supportive services based on individualized needs, to include: transitional housing for up to 12 months; case management; referrals and information; educational and vocational services; life skills training; parenting classes; transportation assistance; integrated mental health services; and, residential and/or outpatient substance abuse treatment if needed.

.”HomeAid Houston has always been a huge part of improving lives at Santa Maria Hostel,” said Barbara Page, SMH CFO.  “This current project will also enhance the time families can spend together, something that is key to the healing time our residents need and deserve.”

For more information on HomeAid Houston visit www.homeaidhouston.org or call 281-970-8970.