February 21, 2017

 HomeAid Houston, a 501 c 3 charity of the Greater Houston Builders Association is teaming with GHBA member, Sandcastle Homes to renovate the transitional living facility for A Caring Safe Place, an agency that provides crisis intervention services for men living with HIV and affected by HIV who are also victims of drug abuse, abandonment and abuse.

Mike Dishberger, Sandcastle's CEO and co-owner is the project's builder captain.  He will be working with his purchasing manager, Nicole Keown to provide renovations that include remodeling the kitchen with new countertops and backsplash and installing new appliances.  The team will repair and replace flooring, apply fresh paint, both interior and exterior, and make repairs to the roof and trim work.

"We are honored to have been selected as one of the charities for HomeAid Houston's 2017 renovation projects," said Reverend Stanley Phill with A Caring Safe Place.  "We are grateful to HomeAid and of course Sandcastle Homes who is graciously volunteering to serve as the Builder Captain. These renovations will assist the agency in furthering its mission to provide life impacting services to vulnerable populations within the homeless community."

Numerous vendors are donating materials and services.  They include: James Hardi/ Montalbano Lumber, Texas Electrical Contractors, EC Contractors, Sherwin - Williams Paint, Probuild, Hall Sprinkler Co., DataSmart, Seybro Door, Houston Carpet Services, Mainland Custom Stoneworks, Fernando Tile and Marble, JD Waterworks, Daltile and Juan Hurtado Trim.

 A Caring Safe Place has experience developing, constructing, and operating a Transitional Living Program as well as a Permanent Supportive Housing Program.  They have been providing housing for the homeless since 1997.  The transitional housing program provides services for homeless, HIV positive men with histories of substance abuse who are at least 18 years or older with a desire to live drug and alcohol free, while actively working to improve their present lives and their future. Clients may participate in the program for up to 24 months and they receive Case Management services, participate in support groups, individual and group counseling sessions, day treatment and those able to work, participate in the job training program.

 HomeAid was started in 2003, and the first shelter was dedicated in 2005.  Since then, 42 projects have been completed, adding over 437 beds and 12.6 million dollars in real estate construction and improvements to Houston’s homeless community.  Annually, HomeAid's projects serve over 5000 homeless men, women, children and veterans in Houston. 


"HomeAid does such good work in our community," said Dishberger. "I decided to take on this project after completing another HomeAid project several years ago.  It was so rewarding to see the smiles on the faces of the residents and staff when the project was completed.  We are truly looking forward to getting started on A Caring Safe Place."