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HomeAid and CBRE Team Up to Help Homeless

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 /

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PRESS CONTACT:

Peter Simons

CEO—HomeAid America

psimons@homeaid.org 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

HOMEAID AND CBRE TEAM UP TO HELP HOMELESS 

October 28, 2015 - HomeAid and CBRE have again teamed up to provide homes and shelter to those in need through CBRE’s Shelter Program and HomeAid’s Care Day Program. For the past six years, CBRE has been a national sponsor of HomeAid America and has partnered with HomeAid’s chapters in Atlanta, Georgia, and Southeastern Michigan to take part in volunteer workdays to provide minor upgrades and repairs to transitional housing facilities in metro Atlanta and Detroit. 

This year, HomeAid Atlanta’s Care Day took place on September 25th with HomeStretch, a non-profit service provider that provides temporary housing and mentoring for working homeless families with children.  CBRE volunteers worked to complete much needed painting and landscaping projects, and also installed tile and insulation. 

Leonard Sharum, HomeStretch Facilities Manager, reported that HomeAid and CBRE’s hard work and donations provided a savings of nearly $6,000 in labor and materials that will be put back into HomeStretch’s services and programs to help homeless working families with minor children. 

“HomeStretch is grateful for the work completed during this HomeAid Care Day,” said Donna Franz, HomeStretch Volunteer Coordinator.  “The CBRE volunteers were troopers, working in the rain and mist all day.  HomeAid is a great partner with HomeStretch and we look forward to continuing that partnership in the future.” 

On September 10th and 11th, over 40 volunteers from CBRE’s Detroit office participated in their annual BuildDay with HomeAid Southeastern Michigan to benefit Grace Centers of Hope (GCH). Grace Centers of Hope is committed to positively changing the lives of the homeless by creating a sense of belonging within a community that can truly be called home. 

The event took place at the GCH Interdependent Living Community. Volunteers painted the interior walls of two GCH transitional homes and the exterior decks of two other transitional homes, and improved the area’s landscaping.  Special recognition goes to CBRE Detroit Office Managing Director John Latessa, Jr. and Office Operations Manager Kathie Nantais for their efforts in making this event an outstanding success. 

“It feels good to see the difference a little hard work can make for homeless families. CBRE is proud to make a difference in the lives of so many in need through its volunteer efforts with HomeAid,” stated Kathleen Thompson, the Director of the CBRE Foundation, a nonprofit, 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. 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 fifty percent has been donated by the building industry.  Nearly 225,000 people have been sheltered by these housing projects over the past 26 years.  HomeAid currently has over 50 additional projects in development across the country through HomeAid’s network of 17 chapters in 12 states. For more information about HomeAid, call 1 888 3HOMEAID or visit www.homeaid.org.



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