Open Door Mission Receives Much Needed Improvements
March 6, 2013

HomeAid Houston, a Greater Houston Builders Association charity, is partnering with John Gillette of Craftsmanship by John to replace the windows throughout the administration office at the Open Door Mission. The windows are being donated by Bison.  This improvement will create a more energy-efficient space, improve and update the facilities overall look and save the agency money.

The Mission, located in Houston’s East End, offers a drug/alcohol recovery program, convalescent care, educational and vocational opportunities, low-income transitional housing and other services for men. 

 “This is the second project HomeAid and Craftsmanship by John have partnered on for the Open Door Mission,” said Ron Martin, president of the HomeAid board.  “John Gillette of Craftsmanship by John has been a generous contributor to the GHBA and to HomeAid.  He is the ultimate professional and heads a quality construction crew that makes these important improvements a reality.  These new windows will provide long term cost savings for the Mission.”

The first project HomeAid and Craftsmanship by John teamed up on for the Open Door Mission was the conversion of an exterior space at the Mission into two offices for counseling services.  The renovation required closing in an existing porch, insulating and adding drywall and installing air conditioning, heating, electrical outlets and door openings.  As the Remodeler Captain of that project, Gillette donated his time and crew.

“John Gillette and his subcontractors have taken on these HomeAid Care Projects with 100% commitment and enthusiasm,” added Martin. “Once the needs at The Mission were identified, John and his team were there immediately, ready to begin the enhancements.” 

The Open Door Mission’s programs and services include a drug and alcohol recovery program, an education center with a free GED program open to the public, job readiness training and other educational opportunities.  There is also a transitional and community service program, low-income housing, an alumni association and a convalescent care center.

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