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HomeAid Inland Empire Celebrates 25th Anniversary Year


HomeAid Inland Empire (HAIE) celebrated its 25th anniversary year in 2015 by renovating 20 apartments in Upland for Foothill Family Shelter, the first homeless service provider partner that HAIE worked with to create a shelter facility in 1990.

HomeAid Inland Empire, the non-profit charity of the Southern California Building Industry Association’s (BIA) Baldy View and Riverside County Chapters, has developed 37 homeless shelters housing more than 1,000 beds over the past 25 years to serve the temporary housing needs of men, women and children who need a safe place to stay while they work to rebuild their lives and gain self sufficiency.

In May of 1990, HAIE completed renovation work on an eight-unit apartment building , called St. Mark’s, operated by Foothill Family Shelter. The shelter provided 32 transitional living beds for homeless families. To date, the facility has offered quality temporary housing for over 3,500 homeless men, women and children.

HomeAid Inland Empire initially pledged $15,000 from its 2015 Homeless Shelter Development Fund to get the most recent renovation work at Foothill Family Shelter started earlier in 2015, then got $30,000 in grant funding from the Lennar Charitable Housing Foundation (LCHF) and a $5,000 donation from Frontier Communities to keep the project moving forward. In addition, HAIE secured more than $20,000 in in-kind donations of building materials from Home Depot and Behr Paint as well as other building industry suppliers to help complete the renovation.

The Baldy View BIA Chapter also provided $5,000 in funding as well as membership volunteer support and in-kind donations of labor and materials to HomeAid Inland Empire on this renovation project.

“HomeAid Inland Empire is proud to have had the opportunity to partner again with Foothill Family Shelter to make improvements and upgrades to 20 more apartments serving the temporary housing needs of their clients in the western San Bernardino County area,” commented Ray Osborne, Executive Director of HomeAid Inland Empire. “It is particularly noteworthy that this facility now houses the 1,000th homeless shelter bed that we have developed in the Inland Empire over the past 25 years, since it all started here with our first homeless shelter project in 1990,” he added.

“HomeAid Inland Empire has been our non-profit charity for two and one-half decades, and we truly appreciate the outstanding work they have done on behalf of our industry over the years to help deal with the serious issue of homelessness in our community,” commented Carlos Rodriguez, CEO of the Baldy View BIA Chapter, at the recent dedication ceremony event for the Foothill Family Shelter renovation project. “Our efforts through HomeAid have resulted in the completion of homeless shelter facilities valued at more than $17.6 million, with over $6.8 million in funding and donations of in-kind labor and materials coming from the Inland Empire building industry,” he noted.

“We can’t thank HomeAid Inland Empire enough for the much-needed renovation work they undertook on 20 apartments that provide important transitional housing for our clients who are striving to improve their lives,” commented Foothill Family Shelter co-chairs Meagan Nehamen and Bonnie Cole in a joint statement they provided for the recent shelter dedication.

“Our organization operates on a limited annual budget every year that focuses primarily on providing a variety of client services, so we simply didn’t have the additional funds required to make many improvements to the apartments that house our clients. Therefore, we were most appreciative when HomeAid Inland Empire came to us and indicated that they wanted to help us get the funds and materials needed to improve our housing facilities,” they added.

For more information about HomeAid Inland Empire contact HAIE Executive Director Ray Osborne at ray@homeiadie.org or visit the organization’s website at homeaidie.org to volunteer or make a donation.
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