Corks for a Cause Fundraiser at U.S.VETS – Houston

This story originally appeared in the Houston Chronicle on November 1, 2012

HomeAid Houston, a Greater Houston Builders Association charity, has designated sponsorship funds from its Corks for a Cause fund-raiser to go toward improvements at the United States Veterans Initiative’s Mid Town Terraces facility.

This U.S.VETS complex provides shelter and services to 300 homeless men each year who have served our country.

Trendmaker Homes has committed $10,000 for Corks for a Cause that is part of the GHBA 2012 Associates Council Barbecue Cook-Off this month.

Trendmaker Homes’ sponsorship will make it possible for builder captain Greymark Construction to overhaul the facility’s lobby where veterans gather to relax, talk, read and play games. The space will be redesigned and refurnished with comfortable sofas, chairs and game tables. The lobby will be enhanced with new flooring, new paint and new window treatments, and the existing registration desk will be removed to provide additional space.

“Trendmaker’s generous Corks for a Cause sponsorship is the launch pad for these much-needed improvements to the U.S. VETS’ facility,” said Mark Welch, president of HomeAid Houston. “HomeAid will combine the Corks for a Cause funds with additional donations from furniture companies and an interior design team to create a warm, uplifting environment for our country’s veterans who are working toward a better life.”

U.S.VETS provides comprehensive services to the veterans it serves, including case management, employment assistance, job placement, counseling, as well as drug- and alcohol-free housing. Veterans progress through a seamless continuum of services designed to help them increase their level of responsibility and prepare them to live independently in the community.

HomeAid Houston, a 501(c)3 charity, is debuting Corks for a Cause at the GHBA Associates Council Barbecue Cook-Off on Friday, Nov. 9. Participants make a contribution of $20 for each “pull” from a bowl of numbered corks. The corks are matched to a pre-numbered bottle of wine that will be displayed “incognito” in the Corks for a Cause booth. The fun begins when the participant unwraps their pulled bottle and learns the value of the wine. All bottles will have a minimum value of $20.

HomeAid builds transitional housing for Houston’s homeless. Since 2003, HomeAid Houston has added more than 400 beds to the Houston homeless community, providing days and nights of care for nearly 5000 men, women and children. For more information about HomeAid and Corks for a Cause, visit www.homeaidhouston.org or call 281-970-8970.