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Stearns Conducts Major Effort for HomeAid's Homelessness Awareness Month

“Lending Hands for HomeAid” Holidays Campaign a Huge Success

Newport Beach, CA. (January 16, 2018) – HomeAid America, a building industry charity and one of the nation’s largest builders of housing for the homeless, spent the entire month of November holding events and undertaking activities to highlight and help to end hunger and homelessness in this country. The annual event, called HomeAid’s Homelessness Awareness Month, received a huge boost fromHomeAid’s national partner Stearns Lending.
As part of this national campaign that Stearns Lending, a leading national provider of mortgage lending services and a national partner of HomeAid America, held a campaign called Lending Hands for HomeAidJames Hecht, COO at Stearns Lending,who also serves on the HomeAid America Board of Directors said, “Thanks to our incredibly generous workforce, as well as our business partners and others in the community, this holiday giving campaign exceeded our wildest expectations.  In addition, hundreds of Stearns employees donated items and volunteered their time. It was a powerful demonstration that the ‘I can help you’ culture at Stearns includes making a positive difference in the lives of others.”
During the Lending Hands for HomeAid campaign:
--Over 4,300 Care Kit were built, each kit included a toothbrush, toothpaste, granola bar, bar of soap, travel-size shampoo and conditioner, and a pair of socks. These items were donated by employees, business partners and others.  All Stearns locations had collection boxes to drop off donated Care Kit items.
--At locations in North TX, Orange County, Northern VA, Southeastern Michigan, and Northern California, donated items were assembled into Care Kits by Stearns team members. The Stearns team members presented Care Kits at numerous HomeAid affiliated shelters nationwide, as well as individuals and families living on the streets.
“Our team is really passionate about making a difference in the lives of others, but there is something about the holidays that makes giving back that much more special,” said David Schneider, CEO at Stearns. “Everyone pitched in to help however they could and the results were nothing short of phenomenal. As I watched everyone rally around the HomeAid campaign, I was moved by the outpouring of support and generosity. They did a remarkable job and I am very proud of their efforts.”
“HomeAid is so fortunate to have a partner like Stearns Lending that not only gives us financial support, but rolls up their sleeves and puts sweat equity into their partnership, said Peter Simons, CEO of HomeAid America.  “The Lending Hands campaign that they initiated last year and continued with holiday season are an example for other companies who want to give back to their communities in a meaningful way, and help those in the greatest need.”

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