PRLog - Feb. 19, 2014 - NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- HomeAid America, the national building industry charity which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2014, kicked off its “25 Projects in our 25th Year” celebration at the dedication of the Teen Challenge’s Alum Rock Women and Children’s Center in San Jose on January 30th. Teen Challenge was the recipient of a new kitchen and 5 remodeled bathrooms thanks to support from HomeAid Northern California and builder captains Brookfield Residential and Standard Pacific Homes.
Testimonial from Maria and Amanda at Teen Challenge dedication
HomeAid America, which started in Southern California in 1989 and has now expanded to 15 chapters in 10 states across the country, is commemorating its 25th Anniversary by highlighting 25 significant projects that will be created this year by its chapters and their builder captains. These captains take on projects for service providers helping the homeless in their local communities and build facilities at a fraction of the normal cost, then donate them to the charity. It is a program that has created over 360 shelter projects to date with a value of over $200 million. These projects have added 7,500 beds for these homeless service providers and have housed over 190,000 people through the years.
Peter Simons, CEO of HomeAid America who spoke at the Teen Challenge dedication said, “it is so rewarding to see the charitable work of the building industry being recognized and so appreciated by the communities we work in. Teen Challenge is a wonderful organization with a 40 plus year history of helping the homeless, and we are thrilled to be able to help them bring more services to those in need.”
HomeAid Northern California and its builder partners facilitated the remodeling project for Teen Challenge with support from 30 subcontractors and associates, including national partners Masco Corporation Foundation and Owens Corning Foundation. Dr. Randy Rowe, Executive Director of Teen Challenge presented plaques at the dedication, thanking the team for providing a safe and more comfortable environment for the mothers and their children who are healing, gaining hope and breaking the cycle of addiction and homelessness. Over 50 supporters listened to the personal stories of Marie and her 17 year old daughter, Amanda who told of their lifelong struggles to survive in the face of adversity. When Amanda mentioned her dream of obtaining an internship to continue her love of writing, San Jose Supervisor David Cortese, who was in attendance, was quick to offer her personal help to make that dream become a reality. Teen Challenge Program Manager Tiffany Clarke was moved to tears with this outpouring of generosity.
Dr. Rowe of Teen Challenge NorWestCal Nevada stated, “The partnership between HomeAid and Teen Challenge has produced amazing results for the less fortunate in our community. We are deeply pleased with the work of HomeAid, Brookfield Residential and Standard Pacific Homes.
The next two projects to be featured by HomeAid America in its “25 Projects in our 25th Year” celebration with be a painting project for Safe House in Sacramento on February 22 and the dedication of Genesis House in Riverside CA on February 27th. You can follow these and other featured projects as the year progresses at www.homeaid.org.
About Teen Challenge NorWest CalNevada
As a non-profit, 501c(3) organization, Teen Challenge has been in existence since 1971, doing business as Teen Challenge NorWestCal Nevada, which currently encompasses 6 centers: Alum Rock Women's and Children’s Shelter and Asbury Family Shelter in San Jose, Oakland Men's Shelter, Adolescent Boys’ Shelter in Reno Nevada, Outreach Center in Las Vegas and a Boys’ Shelter in the Philippines. Their mission is to provide successful recovery for men, women, teens, children, and families with destructive, abusive, and addictive lifestyles through mentoring, education, training, and spiritual direction.
For more information, visit www.teenchallenge.net.
About HomeAid America
HomeAid is a leading national non-profit provider of housing for homeless families and individuals. Through the generosity of builders, their trades and their suppliers, HomeAid has completed 360 housing projects nationwide at a value of more than $200 million, of which nearly 50 percent has been donated by the building industry. HomeAid currently has 25 additional projects in development across the country. HomeAid’s facilities offer 2.7 million bed-nights annually through HomeAid’s network of 15 active chapters in 10 states across the country. For more information about HomeAid, call 1-888-3HOMEAID or visit www.homeaid.org.