HistoryMaker Homes Breaks Ground for GHBA Benefit Home

Terry Swenson Benefit Homes Project, Charity Projects, Featured, Member News

Dozens of vendors, suppliers, trades and other guests joined HistoryMaker Homes for a groundbreaking ceremony on a lot where the GHBA Benefit Home will soon be built. The lot is located in Sierra Vista, a Land Tejas community off Hwy 288. This is HistoryMaker’s first Benefit Home and Land Tejas’ 17th lot donation for this 39 year old charity fundraiser. Proceeds from the sale of the home will benefit two local charities.

Each year two to three homes are built for the Benefit Homes Project with donated land, materials and services by GHBA members. The homes offer a variety of the most popular features and amenities on the market today. They are sold at market value and proceeds benefit HomeAid Houston and Operation Finally Home. Since the fundraiser began, more than $11 million has been raised.

“We are excited to begin construction of our Alder Plan in Sierra Vista. We value the work that the two charities who will benefit, provide our community. It is an honor to work with the Land Tejas team and our generous vendors, trades and suppliers.” Mickey Pizzitola, HistoryMaker Houston Division President

Joining the groundbreaking ceremony with Pizzitola from HistoryMaker was Lane Wright, the company’s president; Angela Schoening, vice president of marketing; Billy Staudt, construction manager and numerous staff members. Tim Johnson and Susan Brown represented the developer, Land Tejas.


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Casey Morgan, CEO of the GHBA, led the ceremony with help from Lee Kirgan, Operation Finally Home, and Patrick Mayhan, HomeAid Houston. Vendors in attendance included Deep Blue, Advantage Gutter, Builders First Source, Excell Foundations, Texas Window Industries, MHS Electric LLC, DPIS Builder Services, Universal Forest Products, Reyes Painting, Hurricane Construction, Flooring Services of Texas, Creative Landscape Solutions, Allpoints Surveying and Rock Materials.

Operation Finally Home recipient, Staff Sergeant Stephen Comeau, USMC (retired), spoke about how Operation Finally Home changed his family’s life with the opportunity to become homeowners after dealing with the challenges he faced returning from duty.

Family owned and operated since 1949, HistoryMaker Homes launched in Dallas-Fort Worth and expanded over the decades to become a premier builder of more than 800 homes across the region in 16 developments.

For more information on the Benefit Homes Project, visit www.ghba.org/benefithomes or call the GHBA at 281-970-8970.

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Terry Swenson

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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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