HomeAid works with home builders to construct homeless shelters


HomeAid Houston, a 501(c)(3) charity of the Greater Houston Builders Association, has been working with GHBA members who are home builders to construct and remodel homeless shelters since 2003. Builder captains partner with HomeAid to secure donated materials and services to ensure the shelters are constructed with little or no cost.

Matt Sneller, owner of Sneller Custom Homes, has worked on several remodeling projects for HomeAid. His team provided a work day to enhance the campus of Casa de Esperanza de los Niños by planting seasonal foliage; and for the agency’s House of Hope for Children, Sneller and his team remodeled one of the homes called House of Hope for Children. The team provided the materials and labor to make the improvements that provided tender, loving care to a house that had seen better days.

“These HomeAid projects we worked on gave our organization an opportunity to make the day to day living of children who have had little joy in their lives a brighter place to call home,” said Sneller. “The projects we’ve worked on take only five or six weeks to complete, and the agencies are gracious and thankful for our assistance, and we are not pressured. This allows us to do our best work for them while continuing to meet our own projects’ deadlines.”

Casa de Esperanza strives to break the destructive cycle of child abuse by offering safe homes to children of families in crisis. The goal of Casa de Esperanza is to return physically and emotionally healthy children to stabilized homes where caregivers can safely provide daily care. Children receive comprehensive assessment and intervention services while in placement.

“We also benefit from working on HomeAid projects such as Casa by our exposure to different suppliers and trades we may not have used before,” said Sneller. “This has resulted in a growing list of companies we do business with.”

“Being a builder captain for a HomeAid project means there is no learning curve,” said Cindy Hinson, product development for Lennar/Village Builders. “It’s construction. It’s what we do, so building a shelter for children such as Boys and Girls Country was a natural step for us.”

Lennar/Village Builders constructed an 8,100-square-foot cottage for eight children and their teaching parents for Boys and Girls Country in Hockley. “Helping these kids not only changed the lives of eight deserving children, it also touched the lives of our team at our organization. Our employees were engaged with the project and were inspired to develop other ways to impact the lives of these kids.”

Boys and Girls Country was established in 1971 with a mission to change the lives of children from families in crisis by loving and nurturing them in a Christian home environment, raising them to become self-sustaining and contributing adults.

HomeAid was established in 2003 to work with Houston homeless care providers to build and renovate shelters that transform lives. Since 2003, HomeAid Houston has completed 54 projects that added over $14 million in real estate to Houston’s homeless community.

For more information, visit www.homeaidhouston.org or call 281-970-8970.