NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Dec. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 from HomeAid's national partner Stearns Lending.
HomeAid America CEO Peter Simons said, "Homelessness Awareness Month is a time for us at HomeAid, which has dedicated itself to this cause for 27 year now, to focus people's attention on the problem of homelessness in this country, have a genuine discussion about solutions, and take concrete action to get this societal problem solved once and for all." All of HomeAid's 17 chapters participated in the effort during November, with the five calendar weeks in November focused on 1) homeless youth, 2) veterans, 3) homeless families, 4) hunger, and 5) chronic homelessness.
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 HomeAid. James 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. Our goal was to provide 2,300 Care Kits, and we succeeded in producing 4,696 Kits—more than double that number. 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:
--Nearly 30,000 Care Kit items, such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, granola bars, bar soap and travel-size shampoo, were donated by employees, business partners and others. All Stearns locations had collection boxes to drop off donated Care Kit items.
--At six regional locations, donated items were assembled into Care Kits by Stearns team members. Each Care Kit included a notecard letting the homeless recipient know that he or she is not forgotten during the holidays and throughout the year. The Stearns team members presented Care Kits at 10 HomeAid affiliated shelters nationwide.
--In certain locations, including Vancouver, Washington, employees drove the streets and delivered Care Kits directly to the homeless in their communities.
--At HomeAid headquarters in Orange County, California, packing items into Care Kits became an impromptu holiday gathering for employees located at the Company's Santa Ana headquarters. "While packing items for the Kits, we were quite literarily lending a hand to those folks who are homeless and in need during the holidays," said Brian Hale, CEO at Stearns, who joined the packing party in Orange. "I was overwhelmingly proud of our team members and their spirit of giving back to the communities where we live and work."
ABOUT HOMEAID AMERICA
HomeAid is a leading national non-profit provider of housing for homeless families and individuals, founded in Southern California in 1989. Through the generosity of builders, their trades and their suppliers, HomeAid has completed 450 multi-unit housing projects nationwide at a value of more than $210 million, of which nearly 50 percent—over $100 million—has been donated by the building industry. HomeAid currently has 60 additional projects in development across the country. HomeAid has added over 8,500 beds in facilities helping the homeless through HomeAid's network of 17 active chapters in 12 states across the country. These beds have been used by over 250,000 previously homeless people over HomeAid's history. For more information about HomeAid, call 1-888-3HOMEAID or visit www.homeaid.org.
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