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.
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, ceilings, baseboards and ceilings; replaced lighting and flooring; relocated the laundry area and installed two new refrigerators. Individual closets were built for the residents.
Lydia’s Place offers 15 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.
The Remodelers Council, led by Will Cole, owner of Divine Renovations, replaced eight air conditioning units at Lydia’s Place, painted eight 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 the walkway leading to the units.
The Remodelers Council would like to thank its sponsors who donated product and services: Closet Factory, High Performance Home Systems, International Flooring, Loews, Sherwin-Williams, and lunch sponsor: Moe Toofan, TBR Construction.
Article courtesy of Amy A. Robinson, M.Ed.
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