GHBA Remodelers Council 2017 charity project at Agape Development

HomeAid and GHBA Remodelers Council Change Lives Through Charity Renovations

Terry Swenson Charity Projects, Featured, HomeAid Houston, Remodelers

GHBA Remodelers Council 2017 charity project at Agape DevelopmentOn April 29, members of the Remodelers Council partnered with HomeAid Houston to give the young men and women at Agape Development’s Gateway Houses safe, updated living spaces in which they would be proud to live as they transition into stable, responsible adults.

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“All of the residents have been commenting on how nice the kitchens feel and how comfortable it is to be in their own homes now. It was a pleasure to work with the entire HomeAid team and RMC.”Kirk Craig, Founder & Executive Director, Agape Development

Located in Houston’s historic Third Ward, the faith based Agape Development’s Gateway Houses are part of a residential program to help 18-25 year olds make the transition to healthy adulthood by assisting with housing, utilities, food and transportation while providing counseling, job preparation and guidance in continued education.
Two homes, one for girls and one for boys, received major make-overs that included paint, flooring repairs and replacement, new windows, new doors, additional storage space in bedrooms, new air conditioning, roof repairs and new kitchen appliances.

“The goal is to assist young adults on the path to becoming independent healthy adults who are not only able to support themselves through gainful employment, but are also able to support their community through volunteering, church membership, and active community involvement,” said Salty Thomason, president of HomeAid. “This is one of many projects HomeAid has partnered with the GHBA Remodelers Council. It is always a rewarding experience to work with these professionals in our  industry.”


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“The goal is to assist young adults on the path to becoming independent healthy adults.”Salty Thomason, HomeAid Houston President

The project was led by Sherry Pruitt, Whodid It Designs, assisted by Tom Pellegrin, Third Coast Builders, with assistance and inspiration from Kirk Craig, executive director of Agape Development and Carl Winn, operations manager at Agape.

“We are so grateful for the work that the RMC did on the Gateway Housing Program,” said Kirk Craig. “The RMC took a minimally adequate kitchen, bath and living space and converted it into a fully functioning home for young adults. All of the residents have been commenting on how nice the kitchens feel and how comfortable it is to be in their own homes now. It was a pleasure to work with the entire HomeAid team and RMC.”

Construction volunteers were honored for their hard work donated over several weeks at the May Remodelers Council meeting. In addition to presenting appreciation awards, Sherry Pruitt shared a letter written by Taylor, an Agape intern who lives with the boys and works with them daily:

“Thank you so much for all the effort everyone put in. This place wouldn’t be near as nice as it is now if everyone didn’t help by volunteering their time, resources, and effort. Now, the place we call home is much more comfortable and appealing to spend time in, and is a place we can all more excitedly call our home. While this may have been a small or seemingly insignificant thing to you all, it was a very big thing to me and each of us. So thank you very much, and I hope each of you are able to take the same joy we are in our new home. Blessings!”Taylor, Agape Development intern
PROJECT VENDORS

Lowe’s Sugar Land
Pella Windows & Doors
Colony Flooring
Angler Construction
Consentino
Louis and Katie Fernandez

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Abbott Contracting LLC
Absolute Drywall Services
Bluewave Plumbing
Creative Property Restoration, Inc.
Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery
GB General Contractors, Inc.
Hazael Becerra Painting
Rob Hellyer
Image Electric
Legal Eagle Contractors Co.
Third Coast Builders
Trifection Remodeling & Construction
Vejore.com
Whodid It Designs

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A writer and a photographer, Terry Swenson is GHBA's Director of Public Relations. She is also the founder of the PictureThis Project, which puts cameras in the hands of Houston's homeless and allows them to share their story, through their lens.

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