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HomeAid Inland Empire Given Union Pacific Grant To Support Homeless Shelter Development Program

HomeAid Inland Empire (HAIE) was recently given a $7,500 grant by the Union Pacific Foundation to help support the organization’s ongoing shelter development program to serve the homeless population in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

“The Union Pacific Foundation is pleased to be able to award this grant to HomeAid Inland Empire in recognition of the outstanding work they are doing to create quality temporary housing for homeless individuals and families,” said Lupe Valdez, Union Pacific Director of Public Affairs and Corporate Relations, in making the grant award presentation. “This is the first opportunity our Foundation has had to assist HomeAid Inland Empire, and we are looking forward to continuing to develop a strong corporate partnership with them in the years ahead,” she added.

“Because of the significant amount of financial support we receive from generous community-minded corporate partners like Union Pacific, our non-profit organization is able to provide homeless men, women and children with a safe place to stay as they work to rebuild their lives and regain self- sufficiency,” commented HomeAid Inland Empire Executive Director Ray Osborne in accepting the grant funding from Union Pacific.

The Union Pacific Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Union Pacific Corporation and Union Pacific Railroad. The Foundation has distributed funds since 1959 to qualified organizations in the communities served by Union Pacific, and is funded each year from the operating profits of Union Pacific Corporation.

“Union Pacific believes strongly that the quality of life in the communities in which our employees live and work is an integral part of our success,” Ms. Valdez commented at the grant awards ceremony held recently at the Redlands Boys and Girls Club.

In 2015, HomeAid Inland Empire, the non-profit charity of the Riverside County and Baldy View Chapters of the Southern California Building Association (BIA), celebrated the 25th anniversary of the completion of it first Inland Empire homeless shelter project by undertaking the renovation of 20 apartments for Foothill Family Shelter in Upland, where the 1,000th shelter bed created by HAIE is now housed.

Since 1990, HomeAid Inland Empire has renovated or built 37 homeless shelter facilities in Riverside and San Bernardino counties with a total of 1,027 beds providing
temporary housing for homeless individuals and families. The value of those facilities is over $17.6 million with nearly $6.8 million in funding and in-kind donations of labor and materials coming from the Inland Empire home building industry through HomeAid.

For more information about HomeAid Inland Empire contact HAIE Executive Director Ray Osborne at You can also visit the organization’s website at to volunteer or make a donation.


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