Since 2003, HomeAid Houston has been working with GHBA members who are home builders to construct and remodel homeless shelters.

These builder captains spearhead this essential construction by partnering with HomeAid to secure donated materials and services to ensure the shelters are constructed with little or no cost.

These builders are often repeat contributors to HomeAid projects and have become HomeAid Impact Partners as they continue to change the lives of the homeless men, women, families and veterans throughout the greater Houston area.

Krause Center in Katy is one such project that is relying on the help of the Greater Houston Builders Association’s Remodelers Council members. Two of their Council members, Allen Griffin, president of Gyphon Builders and Jeff Hunt, owner of Jeff Hunt Construction are pooling their vendor and supplier contacts along with several other council members to remodel a restroom in the lobby area of the Center. The building itself is dated, so plumbing and aesthetics are being upgraded and redesigned. Mark Swenson of Bunkerhill Design donated the architectural drawings.

Krause Center serves girls between the ages of 12 and 17 who have survived extraordinarily hard circumstances. Many of the girls arrive at Krause after experiencing severe abuse or neglect. At Krause, they begin to grow and heal through in-depth clinical therapy, personal development activities and spiritual care in a safe setting.

“This project appealed to me for several reasons,” said Griffin, “the first being that the Center is receiving a plaque in memory of Leslie King, one of GHBA’s most respected builders and individuals within our industry. Also, being able to offer my construction management in partnership with HomeAid and another good friend and well-respected builder, Jeff Hunt, made working on the remodel rewarding in many ways. I enjoy what I do professionally, and when I can do that to better the lives of teens in crisis, there is not better feeling than that. HomeAid makes the process easy, as they are such an experienced and professional organization.”

“I echo Allen’s reasons for being a builder captain on the Krause Center,” said Hunt. “Knowing the Center will be honoring the memory of Leslie King makes working on the remodel rewarding. I am also impressed with the services Krause Center provides the teens who live there. A father of a teenage girl myself, I have a sense for the challenges these kids face, so offering my construction management experience to the remodel was a natural step. HomeAid is a true partner on the project and provides support during the construction.”

The project is expected to be completed this month.