HomeAid America is the parent organization of 15 local chapters that provide housing for the transitionally homeless across the country. HomeAid America was founded in 1989 by the building industry in Southern California and has grown steadily since. As a Board member, I see the great work HomeAid does to establish chapters around the country and then support them as they grow and flourish. By the end of 2013, HomeAid chapters will have built over 325 housing projects for homelessness-related charities nationwide, with a total value of over $200 million. Of this, nearly 50% of the value--$100 million--was donated to the charities by HomeAid and its building partners. It is an amazing model that has made a real difference in addressing homelessness.
HomeAid Houston (HAH) facilitates the construction of housing for homeless care providers in the greater Houston area. HAH works with members of the Greater Houston Builders Association to accomplish its mission. HAH's builders, contractors and suppliers generally donate 50% of the construction cost to the care providers who operate the housing long term.
I have been a board member since HomeAid Houston was formed as the charity arm of the Greater Houston Builders Association. Although we got off to a rocky start, the transformation in the organization through the board and leadership has been nothing short of remarkable. This working board and the hundreds of volunteers and benefactors have become one of Houston's leading charities for sheltering the homeless. The builders, remodelers, suppliers and contractors have shared their time, talent and resources even in these difficult times to make each year more successful than the last.
I have been a Board member for 5 years, during which time we have provided over 350 new beds in the Houston area for those homeless that seek to find a better future through increased education and in most cases spiritual and psycological help.
We partner with local caregivers that provide transititional housing and support programs for the homeless in the Greater Houston area. As the charity arm for the Greater Houston Builders Assoc. our goal is to drive out homeless by working with shelters to construct housing to give the homeless population a place to go to get their lives and self worth back. All construction costs are provided by donations and in-kind labor and materials from GHBA members. We have produced in excess of 1,400 beds since our inception in 2005.
This non-profit builds housing for the homeless women, children and men in the Houston, Texas market.
I've been involved with HomeAid for the past twelve years, and I personally believe in their mission to help the homeless. I wholeheartedly support all of their worthwhile projects, events, and activities. This organization is unique, and I have witnessed the hard work and supreme dedication of its staff.
I serve as treasurer on the board of HomeAid Houston (HAH). As an accountant with 15+years experience specializing in performing audits of nonprofit organizations, when I say that HAH is a shining star in the world of NPO's, I am speaking from experience. Through the dedication provided by the hardest "working" board I have ever witnessed, the miracle-maker Executive Director, Bette Moser and the seemingly endless generosity of the countless volunteers and donors, HomeAid Houston continues to grow and thrive. The words of gratitude and tears of joy that we witness when we dedicate a completed building project to those we serve is our reward. Knowing that we have made a difference and can continue to make a difference is all the reason we need to find ways to further our mission - bringing hope to Houston's homeless.
HomeAid America helps build housing for organizations that helps the homeless. I am in Houston and our chapter has helped Wellsprings, Mission of Yaweh, Gracewood and Boys and Girls Harbor over the last several years. We have completed facilities in Houston valued over $7.5 million dollars that includes over 300 beds for the homeless. We have a very active board and have been active since 2003.
I joined HomeAid as Board member shortly after the organization was started. I have seen it grow in many ways but most importantly in the quality of housing it provides to the transitionally homeless in Houston. HomeAid Houston is working with high quality, reliable agencies to expand and improve the services they can offer their clients in so many ways. I am very proud to be a part of an organization that offering hope and dignity in the area of housing for the homeless.
HomeAid Houston is a charity I have been involved with since 2004. I have witnessed first hand what the projects that HomeAid has helped build have done to homeless women and their children's lives. I have read countless thank you's and have received hugs from these families needing a hand up not a hand out. I have watched our building community and vendor partners gather together to donate materials and labor to provide families with shelter that is like a real home. I have witnessed first hand what this charity is capable of doing and it is awesome.
HomeAid America has been a tremendous asset for its 20 chapters across the United States. Their ability to provide technical expertise along with strategic relationships has allowed not only chapters to get started but has allowed them to grow and implement their local shelter development program. As an executive director of one of the local chapters, HomeAid America is a vital resource for us all and has been critical for our success in providing housing for the homeless in our community. Scott Larson
My organization helps homeless families move toward self-sufficiency. HomeAid Northern California has brought so many resources to us -- building professionals, volunteer groups, in-kind donations ranging from appliances to food, and connections to funders. They helped us build one of our facilities and have kept coming back, year after year, to help maintain and improve it. I am continually amazed by their commitment resourcefulness.
Homeaid came to help our program out with a much needed facility face-lift by painting our two donation buildings, cleaning the grounds, organizing our clothing rack, and planting three beautiful rose bushes. Their volunteers were outstanding people with giant hearts. They were hardworkers and got the job done quickly and efficiently. We are forever thankful for them donating their time and energy to help our program shine.
HomeAid Sacramento does a tremendous job everyday helping to provide shelter for the temporary homeless. I am so impressed with this organization and the many volunteers that provide time and money to help HomeAid Sacramento help those that need it the most. I have had the honor and privilege to work as a HomeAid Sacramento volunteer for the past seven years and I have loved every minute of it. I have done whatever I have been asked to do which includes fund raising, setting up tables and chairs and then taking them down and cleaning up after the annual Trap Shoot fundraiser, blowing up balloons for the Trap Shoot Archery game, participating in the "Essentials for Young Lives Campaign" which takes place every year January through April by picking up, sorting and delivering diapers, baby food, formula and bottles, and baby wipes to the various shelters that need these supplies for the single mothers and their babies that they are taking care of, making telephone calls to ask for raffle prizes and/or donations for HomeAid Sacramento events, selling raffle tickets this year for the Dinger's Den Playhouse give away at Raley's Field, etc. I love helping HomeAid Sacramento do whatever they need to do in order to provide shelter for the temporary homeless and this organization will always have my financial support and can always count on me to be one of their volunteers no matter what. HomeAid Sacramento has been instrumental along with the Volunteers of America organization in building and completing the only "Senior Safe House" west of the Rockies in 2009. The "Peace For Families" facility is a 39-bed, 12,500 square foot facility which provides emergency and transitional shelter for women and children was completed in 2008. These are two of the most recent projects that HomeAid Sacramento has completed with help from many donors and volunteers and which help meet a tremendous need in and around the Sacramento area. I love HomeAid Sacramento because of all of the good that they do for those that need it the most and it is truly an honor and a privilege for me to be associated with HomeAid Sacramento. Thank you HomeAid Sacramento for all that you do to make a difference in the lives of the many people on a daily basis.
I have been volunteering my time with HomeAid America for 8 months and in that time it has impacted my life on so many levels. I have formed new relationships, made countless connections, expanded my professional experience, and most importantly been given the opportunity to give back. HomeAid is committed to providing housing for today's homeless and has built 200 shelters nationwide. Working side by side with the CEO and many others in the organization I have witnessed and felt their dedication. When I was given the opportunity to attend a building dedication I witnessed first hand how HomeAid saves lives. As an intermediary between builders and service providers HomeAid doesn't get to experience the day to day contact with those they help. But through charity events, housing dedications, and builds it all comes to fruition. It's moments like hearing some the stories of those who have escaped homelessness and touring the housing facilities that I will never forget.