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home Benefit Homes Project—A Home for Good

The Benefit Homes Project is a charitable arm of the Greater Houston Builders Association. Our mission is “To ensure a brighter future for the community's less fortunate, through the heart and hands of the homebuilding industry.”

Benefit Homes Project logo I It was 34 years ago when the GHBA board of directors envisioned a charitable project that would bring the generosity of builders, developers and vendors together to give back to Houston. After careful and thoughtful planning, the GHBA formed the Benefit Homes Project. The goal was to do what GHBA members do best—build quality homes. These homes would then be sold at market value for a profit. The majority of that profit would be donated to charity.

Even the fact Houston has been experiencing some of its toughest years in recent history, the builders, developers and vendors came onboard committed to helping those less fortunate. If you ask them why, they will tell you, "Even in economically challenged times, children still get cancer, adults are still facing Alzheimer's and hopeless families need help more that ever." This generosity reflects the commitment that Houston area builders and developers have to the community.

Over the life of this program the GHBA has donated more than $8 million to local charities. Currently the Benefit Homes Project distributes the majority of the proceeds to the Alzheimer's Association, Texas Children's Cancer Center and HomeAid Houston—all local Houston charities.

 

Our Charities / Beneficiaries

The Alzheimer's Association of Houston and Southeast Texas

Alzheimer's AssociationThe Alzheimer's Association of Houston and Southeast Texas consists of families, caregivers, scientists, health professionals, and concerned citizens who are committed to finding a cure for Alzheimer's Disease and to easing the burden of Alzheimer's Disease and related disorders on patients and their families and loved ones. The Alzheimer's Association's goal is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. This Benefit Home charity's vision is a world without Alzheimer's disease.

Texas Children's Cancer Center

texas childrensTexas Children's Cancer Center and Hematology Service is leading the way in fighting childhood cancer and blood disorders. World-renowned hematologists and oncologists are pioneers in many of the standard protocols for treating – and curing – all types of pediatric cancer and blood disorders, from common to extremely rare.

We know that the diagnosis of cancer or a blood disorder is traumatic for the child and family. As a leader in family-centered care, Texas Children's Cancer Center helps by providing personalized comprehensive services that address both the physical and emotional aspects of the disease.

HomeAid Houston

HomeAid Houston HomeAid Houston, a charitable 501(c)(3) non-profit sponsored by the GHBA, identifies long term, stable care providers who need additional capacity and pairs them with builders, vendors and suppliers who donate their time, materials and labor to help build transitional homeless shelters. HomeAid works with agencies who serve woman in crisis pregnancy, victims of domestic violence, abused children, mentally challenged, adults living with HIV/AIDS, families and individuals homeless as a result of job loss or catastrophic illness, individuals suffering from drug and alcohol abuse and homeless veterans. Since 2003, HomeAid Houston has added more than $7.4 million in real estate to Houston's homeless community, providing over 400 beds, with plans for more underway.

 

THE HEADLINES


09Oct

Village Builders Donates Funds Raised by the Benefit Homes Project

Village Builders' check presentation to HomeAid HoustonCindy Hinson, director of community affairs for Village Builders and a HomeAid board member presented a check for $66,525.55 to HomeAid at the October board meeting.

Village Builders constructed a home for GHBA’s Benefit Homes Project, a 33 year-old charity. Village built its Williamsburg Plan with donated materials, labor and services by GHBA members and then donated proceeds from the sale of the home to ultimately, three charities.

This is the third home that Village Builders has constructed for the Benefit Homes Project. The funds will be allocated for a number of ongoing HomeAid projects.

Pictured: Bette Moser, HomeAid executive officer; Cindy Hinson, Village Builders; and Ron Martin, HomeAid president.

Read more about this Benefit Home

25Sept

Morgan Battles Osteosarcoma: GHBA Benefit Homes Project Contributes to Cancer Center for 25 Years

Twenty-five years ago GHBA made an important decision, a decision that has saved the lives of countless children. Thanks to the hard work and open hearts of the participants in the Benefit Homes Project, Texas Children's has been the recipient of more than $1.2 million in philanthropic support since 1988.

The generous gifts from you—the GHBA members—have helped propel Texas Children's Cancer Center to breakthroughs in pediatric care that have benefited patients here and around the world for nearly three decades.

Play the video above to hear a short message of appreciation from the Texas Children's Cancer Center leadership and view a story about one of their special patients—the kind of story your gifts help make possible.

"We can never thank you enough for all you do for Texas Children's and the children entrusted to our care," says JoAnn Grisant, senior director of development for Texas Children's. "We are grateful to the developers, builders, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers who have given time, talent and materials to help heal sick children at Texas Children’s Hospital and Texas Children’s Cancer Center. Here's to many more years together in service to our community!"

Read Morgan's story and watch the video

01Aug

Village Builders Sells 'Home for Good' in Bridgeland

Village Builders' Benefit Homes buyers 2013 Village Builders recently announced the sale of its Benefit Home to Lana and Amine Belmokadem. The Belmokadems purchased the Benefit Home just a few weeks after the groundbreaking in Bridgeland.

“The combination of Village Builder's beautiful Williamsburg plan and all of the amenities offered in Bridgeland were key factors in our decision to look in Bridgeland, and to buy a Village Builder home,” said Lana Belmokadem. “We liked the lot location as well, as it is so close to the new elementary school that is being built. Everything came together to help us make our decision. The fact the house is a Benefit Home and that by our purchasing it, we were helping three local charities, also made it a good decision for us.”

The recent sale of the Village Builders Benefit Home highlights the teamwork that was a driving factor in the home's early sale. The home is one of three being built this year for this GHBA fundraiser.

Christine Gondron Havens, CSP, new home Consultant for Village Builders since 2001, worked closely with the potential homebuyers to meet their requirements, while keeping the fundraiser's mission a priority — 'to help ensure a brighter future for the community's less fortunate, through the heart and hands of the homebuilding industry.' The beneficiaries of the project are Texas Children's Cancer Center, the Alzheimer's Association and HomeAid Houston.

“The Belmokadems were looking throughout Bridgeland for a home ideally suited to their growing family,” said Havens. “When they saw that there was a home being built by Village Builders that when sold, would benefit several charities, and the design also matched their needs, they were excited to be a part of the Benefit Homes Project.”

Havens also shared the desire to give back to the community through the Benefit Homes Project. She has committed to donating her commission from the sale to the charity project. “It was a natural step to take, and an easy one for me,” she said.

Bridgeland's developer, the Howard Hughes Corporation worked with the Benefit Homes Project to donate the homesite. The Woodlands Development Co. manages Bridgeland. Other donations being made for the GHBA fundraiser are many of the materials and services needed to build the home. Dozens of subcontractors and vendors have joined the Village Builders' team to make this charity project a huge success.

29Jun

Virgin Homes and Waterstone Community Break Ground for GHBA Benefit Home

Virgin Homes' groundbreaking ceremony With graceful flocks of egrets and ducks flying overhead, dozens of guests gathered near Lake Conroe to mark the official groundbreaking of the Greater Houston Builders Association's third Benefit Home for 2013. Virgin Homes and the WaterStone community hosted the event on a homesite donated by Steve Bowen, community developer. Bowen is also donating construction management of the Benefit Home, that when sold, will benefit three charities.

On-hand for the groundbreaking were representatives from the entire Benefit Homes team. They included: Steve Bowen, owner of Virgin Homes and WaterStone; Bobby Baillio, manager, Virgin Homes; Harry Young, construction coordinator; Virgin Homes; Don Klein, chairman of the Benefit Homes Project; Montgomery Mayor, John Fox; Ron Martin, president of HomeAid Houston; Richard Elbien, CEO of the Alzheimer's Association; JoAnn Grisanti, senior director of development, Texas Children's Cancer Center and vendors who are donating their materials, labor and services, staff and board members from HomeAid Houston and Virgin Homes.

Twelve gold shovels launched the first stage of construction of Virgin's Charleston Plan. The home is expected to be completed in three months. “All Benefit Home groundbreakings are huge milestones for the three charities, the entire GHBA and the builder/ developer teams,” said Don Klein. “The last few years have been unique in the homebuilding industry with an uncertain economy. That factor alone makes these generous member donations an amazing show of community support. The Houston/Conroe building industry continues to show its strength and confidence in the industry.”

ABOUT WATERSTONE
Residents of WaterStone enjoy a bounty of natural vistas, recreational opportunities and retail options. The community is located near Sam Houston National Forest, Lake Conroe and walking distance from the Buffalo Springs Area and downtown Montgomery. WaterStone has been developed with oversized lots that are situated among canals and gently rolling terrain and winding streets. Families also enjoy a 7.8 acre park complete with tennis courts, a pavilion, a jogging track and a sport field ideal for soccer, baseball and football. The gated entrance to the community is located 600 feet from Hwy 1097 and 1.5 miles from Hwy 105.

ABOUT THE DEVELOPER
Steve Bowen is the largest developer in the Lake Conroe area. In addition to WaterStone, Steve Bowen's waterfront acreage developments include Grand Harbor, Harbor Side, South Shore Estates, Waterford Estates, Grandview Estates, Sunrise Ranch and The Cliffs.

12Jan

Benefit Homes Project Celebrates 25 Year Partnership with Texas Children's Hospital

If you ever have the privilege of walking through Texas Children's Hospital on any given day, you will be moved by the innocence and hope that radiates from the faces of the children receiving care by this nearly 60 year old hospital. Leigh Van Wagner, a 3-year-old, was the first patient ever admitted on February 1, 1954. Since then, Texas Children's Hospital has cared for hundreds of thousands of children from nations around the world.

In 1988, the leadership of the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA) adopted this pioneering hospital as a beneficiary of the annual fundraiser, the Benefit Homes Project. Today, the Benefit Homes Project and Texas Children's Hospital are embracing their 25th year as partners in the task of providing funds and caring for children facing huge challenges. This partnership has, over the course of its 25 years, adapted to the critical needs the hospital faces. In the early years the funds raised were applied to the renovation of a 40-bed inpatient unit exclusively for the care and treatment of patients with cancer and blood disorders. More recently, Texas Children's has applied the funds raised directly to research in the fight to cure childhood cancer. To date, the Benefit Homes Project has raised more than $1.5 million for Texas Children's.

Continue reading about these Partners in Caring...

03Jan

Lennar Homes/Village Builders and Bridgeland Team Up to Construct 2013 Benefit Home

Bridgeland

Kicking off the 2013 Benefit Homes Project is the builder/developer team of Lennar Homes/Village Builders and Bridgeland, owned by Howard Hughes Corporation. Lennar/Village Builders will be soon be announcing the home they are building for the project, and Bridgeland will announce where the lot they are donating will be located within the community.

Call for 2013 BHP Teams A second builder/developer team will also be needed for 2013. Benefit Homes' builders receive hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of public relations throughout the construction and sales process of the home. Their vendors also receive publicity and recognition.

"The Benefit Homes Project is a win-win for the builders, the charities, the homebuyers and the vendors and trades," said Don Klein. "The publicity is every week, the charities receive much deserved funds and the homebuyers acquire a beautiful home that is loaded with upgrades and amenities not often included in homes with similar pricing."

If you would like to find out more about becoming a Benefit Home contributor, whether as a builder, developer, vendor or service provider, call the GHBA at 281-970-8970 ext. 110.