U.S. Veterans' Shelter Project Dedicated
August 14, 2013

August 14th was a proud day for the residents and remodeling team at the U.S. Veteran’s Initiative’s Mid Town Terraces facility, where guests gathered to celebrate the completion of the lobby’s renovation project.  The over 300 homeless veterans who are provided services and shelter at the facility will now be enjoying a 1000 sq. ft. space to relax and spend community time together.  HomeAid Houston, a Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA) charity, and Sandcastle Homes partnered on the lobby remodel.  The project was underwritten by Trendmaker Homes.

Builder Captain, Mike Dishberger of Sandcastle Homes and his crew, led by Nicole Keown, tackled the demolition of the existing reception area counter and performed general carpentry.  A  custom-designed and built reception area was added and the team also installed a new floor, provided new paint and new fixtures.  The space was furnished with comfortable new sofas, chairs and game tables.

The dedication was opened with inspirational words from Chaplain Pat Thompson with Rolling Thunder and guest speakers included Ron Martin, president of HomeAid Houston; Tom Mitchell, executive director of U.S. Veteran’s Initiative; Mr. Black, a U.S. Veteran’s Initiative client; Kevin Frankel with the Frankel Building Group and the 2015 GHBA president, and Mike Disberger and Nicole Keown with Sandcastle.  Appreciation awards were presented to the vendors and trades who donated their materials and services to complete the project.

“The lobby was filled to capacity with team members from the remodel as well as staff from U.S. Vets, HomeAid board members and a number of residents,” said Ron Martin, HomeAid president.  “Sharing this dedication with so many who care about the struggles that our veterans face is an inspiration to us all.  HomeAid can’t thank Sandcastle Homes and all the vendors enough for the excellent work they did to make this project a success.”

Vendors who donated included:  BMC Building Materials, Classic Moves, Inc., Dal-Tile Company, E.W. Painting, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen, and Lighting, Fernando Tile and Marble, Gulf and Basco, McGuyer Homebuilders, Inc (MHI), Model Home Furniture of Katy, Perfect Image Signs, PPG Pittsburgh Paint, Texas Electrical Contractors and Texas Tile Services.

U.S.VETS provides comprehensive services to the veterans they serve, including case management, employment assistance, job placement, counseling, as well as drug and alcohol free housing. Veteran’s progress through a seamless continuum of services designed to help them increase their level of responsibility and prepare them to live independently in the community.


HomeAid builds transitional housing for Houston’s homeless. Since 2003, HomeAid Houston has added over 400 beds to the Houston homeless community, providing days and nights of care for nearly 5000 men, women and children.  For more information on HomeAid Houston visit www.homeaidhouston.org or call 281-970-8970.