Home » Features

GHBA Gives Back


Members of the Houston Remodelers Council volunteering at Wellsprings Village.

GHBA Council Members Step Up to Help Change Lives

Articles by Amy Ahlbrand Robinson, M.Ed., Public Relations Chair for the Houston Remodelers Council

 

CROSSROADS PROJECT

Over the past 15 years, HomeAid Houston, a Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA) charity, has worked in partnership with dozens of GHBA members to provide remodeling and small construction services to area homeless care agencies that are called HomeAid Care Projects.

HomeAid recently paired up with the GHBA Remodelers Council (RMC), and the Custom Builders Council, (CBC), on a two-phase project to improve and expand the shower facilities at Crossroads at Park Place, a Christian organization committed to promoting the health, hygiene and dignity of individuals experiencing chronic homelessness and poverty in southeast Houston. The agency serves 200 to 250 people on average daily.

The RMC successfully refurbished four 10-year- old existing shower units. The units had originally been constructed and taken to New Orleans for Hurricane Katrina relief, and then brought back to Houston to service the homeless community thanks to Jim Brakeen , executive director of Crossroads, and his team.

Work by the RMC included a complete refurbishment of the exterior shell of the buildings as well as gutting and replacing all of the mechanicals inside and out. New shower stalls were built and finished out with new water heaters, doors, hardware, siding, roofing, benches and stairs.

The Builder Captains on the project were Sherry Pruitt with Whodid It Designs, Melanie Heinrich with TriFection Remodeling, and Sandra Crook with Greymark Construction. A special thank you to Stephen Twarowski with SHR Remodeling, Inc. who was our carpenter and sourcing of materials. Stephen was instrumental in both the RMC and the CBC project.

All of the shower building interior and exterior components were donated to the project by: A & C Construction, A-Plus Glass Services, Bluewave, BMC, Kohler, Ferguson Kitchen, Bath & Lighting, Lowes, Royal Baths, Moore Supply, Southwest Sales, McCoy’s Lumber, Richard Alan & Assoc., Therma Tru, TriFection Remodeling & Construction, Schlage, Red Dog Dumpsters, Rooftec, Sherwin-Williams, SHR Remodeling, Inc., Sneller Custom Builders & Remodeling, The Detering Company and Western Pacific.

In 2001, Crossroads opened its doors at Park Place United Methodist Church with a small group of volunteers, donated washers and dryers, and $700. That first day they gave assistance to eight individuals. Today Crossroads is open every Tuesday and Thursday and serves on average 400 individuals. They also help locate housing, employment, counseling and healthcare.

“Crossroads provides basic services that most people take for granted,” said Bill Dalton, president of HomeAid Houston. “GHBA’s Remodelers Council and Custom Builders Council understood immediately, how important personal care is to making a difference in the lives of the chronically homeless. The teams’ work ethic and generosity in giving back, is evident in every project they’ve partnered on.”

In January the Remodelers Council was alerted that the showers they repaired in 2018 at Crossroads would have to be moved. With the help of Jim Holcomb of Holcomb Properties, the Council moved the showers to their new home at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. The project led by Remodelers Council President Sherry Pruitt will drop plumbing and electric lines so they can be operational by the summer.

 

SANTA MARIA PROJECT

In April the Greater Houston Builders Association’s Remodelers Council continued its history of giving back to the Houston-area through its annual charity renovations. Partnering with HomeAid Houston, the council renovated the facilities of Santa Maria Hostel and Lydia’s Place to better serve the residents and their families.

The mission of Santa Maria Hostel is to empower women and their families to lead healthy, successful, productive and self-fulfilling lives. Santa Maria has transformed lives by serving the women and children of Houston and surrounding areas since the mid 1950s. By offering vital services and life-changing support, the organization offers a pathway to success through recovery. http://www.santamariahostel.org/about-us/

The Santa Maria project was headed by Melanie Heinrich with TriFection Remodeling & Construction and Remodelers Council President Sherry Pruitt, owner of Whodid It Designs & Remodeling. Volunteers removed doors and added drywall; painted all of the rooms, baseboards and ceilings; replaced lighting and flooring; relocated the laundry area and installed two new refrigerators. Individual closets were also built for the residents by the Closet Factory.

Lydia’s Place offers fifteen single room occupancy apartments to drug-free males, at least 18 years of age, who are living with HIV/AIDS. Residents may reside at Lydia’s Place as long as they are compliant with program rules and guidelines. Support services are available to residents and their families. www.transitionalhousing.org

The Remodelers Council, led by Will Cole, owner of Divine Renovations, replaced eight a/c units at Lydia’s Place, painted the units and repaired water-damaged walls and floors. Appliances were purchased for several units and for the office. Remodelers Council volunteers built a shed to house tools and are devising a plan to renovate the walkway leading to the units.

The Remodelers Council would like to thank its sponsors who donated products and services: Closet Factory, High Performance Home Systems, Holcomb Properties, International Flooring, Loews, and Sherwin-Williams.

 

WELLSPRINGS VILLAGE

The first thing you notice about the three-acre Wellsprings Village community in Southwest Houston is its peacefulness, broken only by the sound of birds and bullfrogs in the nearby bayou. It’s an appropriate locale for the protected family-style homes that offer safety and refuge to their residents, whose lives generally have been anything but peaceful.

Founded in 1988 to aid homeless and abused women, Wellsprings Village is a nonprofit charitable organization that has assisted hundreds of women by offering a safe environment, counseling services, and career and agency-sponsored workshops.

Last April, the Greater Houston Builders Association’s Remodelers Council worked to improve the facility – and the lives of these women. Led by Sandra Crook of Greymark Construction and Melanie Heinrich with Trifection Remodeling and Construction, the council painted the exterior of several homes, added new gutters to prevent water damage, repaired roofs, replaced mirrors and vanity lights, added overhead lighting, replaced the trim on windows and doors, and installed 6 new dishwashers and 2 refrigerators.

Wellsprings Village is one of the many projects undertaken by the award-winning Greater Houston Builders Association’s Remodelers Council. Previous renovation charity projects have included Santa Maria Hostel for homeless female veterans, Open Door Mission, SIRE Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Family Time Crisis Center, Epiphany Community Health Outreach Services, and the Sonrise Shelter. www.ghba.org.

L to R, Melanie Heinrich, Sherry Pruitt, Larry Abbott, Sandra Crook and Donna Buenik.

 

Nicole Keown, Bette Moser, Jim Holcomb, Jim Brakeen, Donna Buenik and volunteer Jimmy.

 


Comments are closed.