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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 36 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 $9 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.




Houston Real Estate Radio Features Benefit Homes Project

The GHBA would like to extend a great big "thank you" to Shannon Register, owner of RREA Media, who donated air and studio time to the Benefit Homes Project on "Houston Real Estate Radio."

In this segment, Will Holder, chairman of the GHBA Benefit Homes Project; Todd Atwood, Castletree Benefit Home builder; and Dr. ZoAnn Dreyer, Texas Children's Cancer Center; chat about how the GHBA Benefit Home built by Castletree Homes helps to provide funds for the Texas Children's Cancer Center. The building community comes together twice a year to build and sell a magnificent home where the proceeds go to benefit three local charities.

This segment aired on "Houston Real Estate Radio" on NewsRadio 740 KTRH on Sunday, March 27, 2016 at 11AM.

Watch it now!

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Castletree Homes Receives Vendor Support for Benefit Home

Castletree Vendor Luncheon 2016

Castletree Homes has tapped into its list of top-name vendors and trades to help construct a GHBA Benefit Home, a home that when sold, will benefit three important charities. Many of these vendors attended an appreciation luncheon in the community where the home is being constructed. Allpoints Surveying donated the meal for all of the guests.

"From the generosity of the developer who donates the lot, through all stages of construction and even the closing, it's the donations of materials, labor and services that are key to making this 36 year old fundraiser a success," said Will Holder, chairman of the Benefit Homes Project. "Castletree Homes, Land Tejas Companies, who donated the lot, and the GHBA wanted to thank each vendor and trade personally with a meal and an appreciation award."

Each year two homes are built for the Benefit Homes fundraiser with donated materials, labor and services from GHBA members. The homes are loaded with upgrades and amenities and sold at market value. Proceeds are donated to Texas Children's Cancer Center, the Alzheimer's Association and HomeAid Houston. Since the fundraiser began, more than $9 million has been raised.

Many of the vendors and trades were on-hand to accept their award and to tour the Benefit Home as it is nearing completion. Representatives from the three charities were also in attendance. Each expressed their appreciation to the vendors as well.

Castletree Homes is building its 4540 Plan, a 2,387 sq. ft. one-story design that includes three bedrooms with an extra room as an optional study, and 2.5 baths, as one of two homes being built for the Project. The home is nestled within the new Miramesa community located just a few miles south of Hwy 290 on Fry Rd.

Castletree's design includes an open style kitchen that features a Bertazzoni Stainless Steel speed oven and microwave, a Bertazzoni Range in a choice of stainless or 5 designer colors, a stainless Bosch Ultra-Quiet dishwasher, Benedettini Maple cabinets and a built in planning desk with built in book shelves. The home also includes granite countertops throughout.

'Green' features are also key elements in the homes design. For instance there are NEST© Thermostat Nest Protect © and Combo Smoke / Carbon Monoxide Detectors. Also featured in the Benefit Home is a Sentricon Always Active© termite deterrent system, Belgard© paver lead walk, Delta© Leland single handle faucet w/ TOUCH2O© Technology, and radiant barrier roof decking. The house also includes a covered patio, full gutters with underground drainage system, a 6 ft. iron fence, brick on all four sides and an in-ground sprinkler system.

"Without the vendors, there could not be a Benefit Homes Project," said Holder. "These vendors are GHBA members and continue to show their commitment to giving back to Houston through charitable work."

Vendors donating to the construction of the home include: Allpoints Land Surveying, Amailey Plumbing, Arrow Mirror & Glass, Benedettini Cabinetry, BMC | BISON, Builders Post Tension, Burgess Construction Consultants, Ceiling Fans Direct, Corey Construction, D and E Door, DalTile Corporation, DataSmart, Davis Engineering, Décor Builders Hardware, Erosion Compliance LLC, Glasscraft, Gulf Coast Houston, Hanson Brick, Home Team Pest Defense, IBP, Kitchler, Landmark Electric, Lone Star Air Systems, Morrison Supply Company, Nicki Hardee Interiors, Perfection Wholesale, ProBuild, Rock Materials, Sherwin-Williams, Texas Custom Granite, Trophy Windows, and Williams Insulation.

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Will Holder to Chair Benefit Homes Project in 2016

Will Holder, Benefit Homes Project chair 2016

The GHBA Benefit Homes Project is proud to announce that Will Holder, president of Trendmaker Homes will be heading up the fundraiser as the Benefit Homes chairman for 2016. In this lead role, he will be helping the builder/developer teams at their request for recruiting vendor donations and for identifying additional builder/developer teams that wish to participate.

Will's involvement with the GHBA has been deep with a broad range of commitments. He has been an active board member and was board president in 2012. He initiated the You're a Member Too program that is an outreach into member organizations to their employees, to encourage employee members to participate in the GHBA at all levels. Will wanted to remove the idea that only "executives" can participate in GHBA events and boards.

Will also appreciates the value of engaging young voices and perspectives within the building industry. The GHBA's Young Professionals (YP) was created during his term as board president. Will continues to mentor the program as a speaker at their events.

With Government Affairs a huge part of the GHBA foundation, it is no wonder Will is also involved. He is a trustee for HOME-PAC and has attended several Rally Days in Austin, adding his voice to the residential construction industry cause locally and state-wide.

Please thank Will Holder for his commitment to ensuring a successful Benefit Homes Project.



Benefit Homes Team Tours Alzheimer's Center

Alzheimers facility tour

Perry Homes, a builder for the 2015 GHBA Benefit Homes Project, and Castletree Homes, an additional builder that recently came on board the project, were honored guests at the recently renovated Alzheimer's Association Southeast Chapter headquarters. Perry Homes is nearing completion on its Benefit Home, and Castletree Homes will be breaking ground in late Spring.

From Perry, the tour included Todd Chachere, executive vice president; Daniel Neumann, senior vice president of marketing; Cari Infante, vice president of marketing and Austin Eaves, vice president of purchasing and estimating. Brian Hornsby, purchasing manager for Castletree Homes; Susan Brown, with Land Tejas Development Co.; Dr. Richard Fruge with Texas Children's Cancer Center; Sheri Douglass, HomeAid's director of development; Lisa Pepitone and Terry Swenson with GHBA were also on-hand.

Richard Elbein, CEO of the Alzheimer's Association, conducted the tour of the new facility. The move to the new building after its extensive renovation tripled the available square footage — from a 5,800 sq. ft. office to a 16,300 sq. ft. building located at 6055 South Loop East.

"More space means more awareness, and community and educational programs can be offered directly from the Association's office," said Richard. "A highlight of the move," Richard continued, "is the availability to dedicate the entire first floor to chapter services and programs. In the new home, educational programs, support groups and early stage programs will be offered."

The Houston chapter serves 20,000 people annually with its Education and Support Services. Some of the highlights of the new building are a lounge area called the "memory cafe," and an outdoor pavilion surrounded by a walking path, trees and a peaceful garden. Renovations of the building also included floors, ceilings, wall finishes and the addition of reception areas, meeting rooms and a kitchen.

"The tour of the newly renovated Alzheimer's building touched every member of the Benefit Homes' team," said Lisa Pepitone. "There is no better way to get an understanding of the important work the Association provides, than by hearing and seeing first-hand the creation of special rooms and artwork that resonate tranquility and warmth for those struggling with Alzheimer's and for their families who are caring for them."

Perry Homes' Benefit Home will be completed in just a few weeks. The home is built on a lot in Bridgeland that was donated by the Howard Hughes Corporation.

Castletree Homes, a new builder to Houston, is constructing its Benefit Home in the new community of Miramesa located in the northern phase of the highly desired Canyon Lakes West at Stone Gate community. Land Tejas Development donated the lot.

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.



Perry Homes Tours Texas Children's Cancer Center


Perry Homes, a builder for the 2015 Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA) Benefit Homes Project, was an honored guest at the Texas Children's Cancer Center recently, where the Perry Homes' team joined other Benefit Homes committee members on a tour of the facility. Perry Homes broke ground on a Benefit Home in January.

The Perry Homes' team includes Billy Shirley, division president; Todd Chachere, executive vice president; Chris Hightower, vice president of research and customer service; Michael Brisch, executive vice president/general counsel; Daniel Neumann, senior vice president; Cari Infante, vice president of marketing; Austin Eaves, vice president of purchasing and estimating, Brad Hanson, division manager and Molly Johnson, divisional marketing manager.

Dr. ZoAnn Dreyer with Texas Children's Cancer Center led the tour of the care-giving areas and Dr. Nabil Ahmed shared research statistics and procedures.

In 1988, the GHBA leadership adopted Texas Children's Hospital as a beneficiary of its annual fundraiser. Today, the Benefit Homes Project and Texas Children's Hospital still embrace this 26 year partnership through the task of providing funds and caring for children facing huge challenges.

Perry Homes, a trusted Texas builder since 1967, will construct its Benefit Home in Bridgeland, a Howard Hughes Corporation development, managed by The Woodlands Development Co. The homesite was donated by Howard Hughes Corporation.

"The tour of the renowned Cancer Center touched every member of the Benefit Homes' committee," said Peter Houghton, 2015 chairman of the project. "There is no better way to get an understanding of the important work the Center provides, than by seeing first-hand the children being treated and the depth and scope of the medical teams. We are looking forward to building a Benefit Home that will bring much needed funds to fight childhood cancer."



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.

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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


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.


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.

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