HomeAid and CBRE have teamed up again in 2017 to improve housing in low-income neighborhoods through CBRE’s Cares Shelter Program and HomeAid’s Care Day Program. CBRE has been a national sponsor of HomeAid America since 2010. During the past eight years, CBRE’s foundation has contributed more than $120,000 to HomeAid America and its chapters, providing support to help house families and individuals in need.
This year, CBRE volunteers participated in workdays with HomeAid’s chapters in Atlanta, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Portland, Oregon, making upgrades and repairs to transitional housing facilities. During these three “Care Days”, HomeAid provided CBRE employees with its expertise in the maintenance of housing facilities for the homeless, whereby they could assist the residents in rebuilding their lives in dignified, safe surroundings.
San Francisco Bay Area
More than 40 CBRE and Google volunteers landscaped the exterior courtyard and painted the entryway and halls of the HomeFirst James Boccardo Center in San Jose. HomeFirst™ is a leading provider of services, shelter and housing opportunities to the homeless and those at risk of homelessness in Santa Clara County. They serve more than 4,000 adults, veterans, families and youth each year at seven locations including the Boccardo Reception Center, which is the county’s largest homeless services center.
HomeAid and CBRE joined forces, in conjunction with the Home Builders Association of Metro Portland, to help Community of Hope, an organization dedicated to empowering single-parent homeless families’ move toward stability. CBRE volunteers provided a new deck and garden area for Hope House and construction involved weeding and planting new garden beds, building a new deck and awning, and providing new bark along the path. This project helped to improve living conditions for families struggling with homelessness.
HomeAid Atlanta’s Care Day took place at Covenant House Georgia (CHG), a non-profit service provider that serves Atlanta youth experiencing homelessness. CHG has a crisis shelter serving youth between the ages of 18-21, as well as an independent living program where clients have the opportunity to achieve stability and develop a plan for the future. CBRE volunteers worked to complete a variety of upgrades on the campus that included the clearing of property around CHG’s independent living cottages.
“HomeAid has been blessed to have the active participation of CBRE in our volunteer activities for years now,” said Peter Simons, CEO of HomeAid America. “They are one of our leading volunteer partners and have shown what one company committed to making a difference in their community can do. It is truly inspirational and they have touched many lives.”
CBRE’s support has enabled HomeAid to build and maintain more shelters in response to a growing need. Not only has HomeAid been able to better provide the valuable life and job skills that people experiencing homeless need to regain self-sufficiency, but with CBRE’s help, they have been able to close the much needed gap in housing for homeless families and individuals.
“It feels good to see the difference a little hard work can make for homeless families. CBRE is proud to impact the lives of so many in need through its volunteer efforts with HomeAid,” stated Kathleen Thompson, the Director of the CBRE Foundation, a non-profit, public benefit corporation that funds the company’s philanthropic initiatives.
About HomeAid America
HomeAid is a leading national non-profit provider of housing for homeless families and individuals, founded in Southern California in 1989 and currently working through a network of 17 chapters in 12 states. Through the generosity of builders, their trades and their suppliers, HomeAid has completed 500 housing projects nationwide at a value of more than $220 million, of which nearly 50 percent has been donated by the building industry. HomeAid currently has 60 additional projects in development across the country. Over the years, HomeAid has added over 10,000 beds in facilities helping the homeless, housing over 300,000 people. For more information about HomeAid, call 1-888-3HOMEAID or visit www.homeaid.org.