HomeAid and RoofTec Provide New Roof for Vita Living Group Home

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In HomeAid‘s search to identify agencies that need construction related assistance to continue their service to those less fortunate, Vita Living was an ideal fit. The agency is a 37-year-old nonprofit that provides long term comprehensive care and support for adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). One of the agency’s 18 group homes, located in the Spring Branch area, required a new roof. This is a home where four adults who face extreme daily challenges reside.

HomeAid reached out to RoofTec, a GHBA member and HomeAid partner on previous projects, to handle the task. RoofTec responded immediately by sending Jose Sandoval, a RoofTec field estimator and his crew. They arrived in the morning and completed the re-roofing by the end of the day. The one-story home has been a part of the Vita Living program since 1996.

Vita Living is committed to making a conscious effort to create a happy and healthy environment for the residents it serves. The agency’s 18 group homes support up to 78 residents. Each home is designed to accommodate the day to day challenges individuals with IDD face, such as bathing, eating and mobility, yet they are still real homes with bedrooms, living areas, kitchens and back yards that create a warm, home-like environment.


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“We are grateful to HomeAid and the professional RoofTec crew that stepped up so quickly to provide a new roof for the home in Spring Branch. It was seamless effort and a gift from HomeAid that’s longevity is appreciated by the residents of the home and our entire Vita Living team.”Joseph Cooper, CEO, Vita Living

Vita Living employs 130 people that include the home care staff, the Vita Living Center employees and administration. Specially equipped vans transport approximately 70 of the residents to the Living Center each day to participate in enrichment programs such as games, crafts and social interaction. Volunteers are also key to the success of the agency. In 2018, approximately 500 individual, corporate and church volunteers provided 1,754 hours of service.

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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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