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President Obama Serves Thanksgiving Dinner at HomeAid Shelter in DC

Wednesday, December 02, 2015 / HomeAid America

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Washington DC (December 2, 2015) – HomeAid America, a building industry charity and one of the nation’s largest builders of housing for the homeless, had one of its shelter projects in the Washington DC Area as the site for President Obama and his family’s annual serving of Thanksgiving dinner for those in need.  

Every year, President Obama and his family select a location to serve traditional turkey dinner to the less fortunate in the DC area, and this year chose Friendship Place, a leader in the Washington area in finding solutions to homelessness, using innovative and customized programs to help participants rebuild their lives.  Next year will mark their 25th year pursuing and excelling in this mission. 

This past year, Friendship Place received a complete renovation of its Welcome Center by HomeAid Washington DC, in conjunction with Home Builders Care Foundation, Case Foundation and Efficient Home LLC in Maryland.  The work done had a total value estimated at $175,000.  Friendship Place Director of Development, Tanya Sweeney, said “The renovated Welcome Center definitely helped Friendship Place serve more than 2,500 individuals this year, some of those persons having the opportunity to also be served by the President and his family!  How wonderful is that?" 

Executive Director of HomeAid Washington DC Patti Kane said “Our HomeAid DC/Home Builders Care charitable construction program is all about working with community nonprofits to meet the challenges of caring for our neighbors in need.  Helping Friendship Place renovate their homeless service center is a great example of our mission in action.  Hopefully, the upgrades and repairs we have made at Friendship Place will help them to care for those experiencing homelessness for many more years to come.” 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 operates through a network of 17 chapters in 12 states.  Through the generosity of builders, their trades and their suppliers, HomeAid has completed over 410 housing projects nationwide at a value of more than $200 million, of which nearly 50 percent has been donated by the building industry.  HomeAid currently has 50 additional projects in development across the country.  Over the years, HomeAid has added nearly 8,000 beds in facilities helping the homeless, housing over 225,000 people. For more information about HomeAid, call 1-888-3HOMEAID or visit 

Published by : Fran Bangert
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