Philanthropy Begins at Home for Houston Builders

HomeAid Houston recently got a welcome boost for its homlessness-abatement efforts. HAH, a 501c3 nonprofit that provides remodeling and new construction aid to qualified homeless care providers, is being sponsored by the Benefit Homes project,a 34-year old charitable initiative of the Greater Houston Builders Association. HomeAid is one of three charities supported by the GHBA, the other two being the Texas Children’s Cancer Center and the Alzheimer’s Association. The Benefit Homes program builds luxury residences in upscale neighborhoods using donated land, labor, materials, and cutting-edge upgrades.

In April, The Woodlands Development Company and M/I Homes began the first of three GHBA Benefit Home Project residences. The Woodlands Development Company donated a homesite in the Jagged Ridge neighborhood of Creekside Park. The Woodlands is a master-planned community where over 100,000 people enjoy the 28,000 acres of forest trails, shopping, dining, sports, and entertainment. M/I, which has donated the general contracting and design services for the project, are building their signature Steffany II home, a 2,629-square foot three-bedroom luxury home.

May saw the completion of a GHBA-sponsored luxury residence in the WaterStonecommunity of Lake Conroe. Located near Sam Houston National Forest, WaterStone is a gated community with sports fields, a pavilion, and 7.8-acre park. Virgin Homes donated their general contractor services, while almost 100 vendors and subcontractors donated their materials, labor, and services to the project. WaterStone developer Steve Bowen donated the lot as well as project management for the home.

The Greater Houston Builder’s Association Remodelers Council also sponsors charitable activities. One weekend in April and another in May saw members of the GHBA Remodeler’s Council volunteer to renovate Sonrise Shelter.The shelter is a faith-based nonprofit dedicated to providing solution-based ministry and material assistance to the homeless denizens of Houston. Improvements were made to the drywall, electrical, floors, painting, and updated furniture for the common areas. Over twenty vendors, plumbers, electricians, painters, and other subcontractors were on hand to make the much-needed improvements.

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