HomeAid and GHBA Remodelers Council Launch New Project
April 22, 2009

HomeAid Houston, a and the Association’s Remodelers Council (RMC) are launching a new remodeling project for SEARCH’s House of Tiny Treasures.  SEARCH Homeless Services provides an array of services designed to help people move from the streets and into jobs and safe, affordable housing.  SEARCH’s Houston of Tiny Treasures (HTT) provides comprehensive early care, education and therapeutic services that will assist homeless children and families build stable, functional lives.  Repairs and renovation work are required to improve the overall HTT structure.

 WORK TO BE COMPLETED

Work is scheduled to begin in April.  The Pre-School House requires re-leveling and raising the house; replacing the porch and repositioning the wheelchair ramp; refinishing and repairing the wood floors and repainting and plastering the interior walls after the house has been resettled.  New insulation will also be added to the walls and the attic.

The Baby House requires a reconfigured diaper change area that meets accreditation standards, replacing broken floor tiles and adding insulation in the walls.

THE HOMEAID TEAM

HomeAid Houston is partnering with the GHBA’s Remodelers Council.  Mike Wilburn, Mike Wilburn Homes, is the HomeAid Remodeler Captain for the project.  An RMC weekend of work is scheduled for a weekend in early May.  A number of GHBA members are also part of the team.  These generous companies are donating materials, services and labor to help make the transformation of this important childcare center possible.  These companies and their involvement include:

 Arrowood Cabinets and The Stone Store - Renovation of the baby-changing room

Continental Foundation Restoration - Raising and reinforcing the foundation

Diversified Thermal - Attic insulation

GHBA Remodelers Council - Reconstruction of porches and ramps and general repairs to the house

Homesulate - Wall insulation

JB Cleaning – construction clean at end of project

Phil Rivers, AIA - Redesign of porches and ramps

Sherwin Williams – Paint and painting labor

Venetian Blind and Floor - leveling and refinishing of floors and replacement of vinyl flooring

 “SEARCH Homeless Services is most grateful to the HomeAid team for this invaluable contribution,” said Thao Costis, SEARCH president and CEO.  “Their involvement shows the commitment Houston’s homebuilding industry has to enhancing our community.  Their work ensures a safe, quality learning environment for children who are homeless, and need to be prepared for school and a brighter future.” 

 SEARCH’s Houston of Tiny Treasures originated in 1992.  It is Houston’s first licensed early childhood development center dedicated to serving homeless children and families.  To be eligible for this program, families with pre-school age children must be homeless and the parents must be actively working on improving their education, job skills, or employment.

 HTT opens its doors to children and parents in shelters, transitional housing programs, and special needs housing.  Star of Hope, Corder Place of the Houston Housing Corp., AIDS Foundation Houston, SEARCH and Catholic Charities are agencies currently using House of Tiny Treasures services.  The HTT anticipates serving approximately 30 families and 65 children in the current year. 

 Professional services include family counseling and speech, play, and art therapy.  These specialists focus on all areas of a child’s development that can be applied within the family unit and within society.  While these services are focusing on the children, SEARCH works with the parents to improve their own education, obtain job skills, and become employed in order to effectively rebuild their lives.

 “We are blessed to have the partnership of Mike Wilburn, the GHBA Remodelers Council and all our generous vendors and suppliers working with us to make these needed repairs to SEARCH’s House of Tiny Treasures,” said Chris Hawkins, president of the HomeAid Board.  “This is a wonderful organization and all you have to do is take a look at these beautiful children and know this project is so worthwhile.”

 HomeAid Houston was incorporated in 2003.  As of Spring 2008, HomeAid Houston has added 336 beds to the Houston homeless community working in partnership with generous GHBA builders, remodelers, developers, vendors, suppliers and donors.

 For more information on HomeAid Houston visit www.homeaidhouston.org.  For more information on the GHBA or Remodelers Council visit www.ghba.org or call 281-970-8970.