Jun 22, 2015, 08:02 ET
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., June 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- HomeAid America, a building industry charity and one of the nation's largest builders of housing for the homeless, will be sponsored by Wells Fargo to host an "unselfie" photo booth at the Pacific Coast Builder Conference in San Diego on June 24-25th. As part of this promotion, Wells Fargo will be donating $25,000 to the charity. Wells Fargo has been a long-time supporter and contributed over $1,000,000 to launch the expansion of new chapters nationwide over the past 15 years.
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"We are very excited about our partnership with Wells Fargo at PCBC this year," said Peter Simons, CEO of HomeAid America. "We feel our photo booth at the entrance to the Show—generously donated by PCBC and the California Building Industry Association—will bring great visibility to our efforts. At this booth, visitors can have 'unselfies' taken that will be posted on HomeAid and Wells Fargo's social media sites to bring attention to the ongoing battle to end homelessness."
HomeAid was founded in California by the building industry in 1989 as a way to give back to the community by addressing the issue of homelessness. According to the National Law Center on Homelessness, each year over 3.5 million Americans experienced homelessness at some point. Nearly 1.5 million of them were children. HomeAid's program identifies charities in the community working to help the homeless that need additional facilities in which to house people and provide programmatic resources such as job skills training and financial counseling, as well as physical and emotional support. HomeAid then finds builders who are willing to take on these projects and build them at a deep discount by enlisting their trade partners to give their time and materials as in-kind donations.
The HomeAid model has been proven to be hugely successful and has expanded from California to chapters around the country. Currently, HomeAid has 17 chapters in 12 states, typically affiliated with the local Building Industry Association. These chapters of HomeAid have built over 440 housing projects over the organization's 26 year history valued at over $200 million. More importantly, these facilities have housed over 220,000 people who would otherwise have been homeless.
"Wells Fargo values the long term partnership we have had with HomeAid and we are delighted to be supporting such an impactful organization that is addressing the significant issue of homelessness in our communities by partnering with the building industry," said Elena Bennett, Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo Homebuilder Banking Group.
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 celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2014. Through the generosity of builders, their trades and their suppliers, HomeAid has completed over 400 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 over 8,500 beds in facilities helping the homeless, housing over 220,000 people. HomeAid works through a network of 17 active chapters in 12 states across the country. For more information about HomeAid, call 1-888-3HOMEAID or visit www.homeaid.org.
ABOUT WELLS FARGO
Wells Fargo & Company is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.7 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,700 locations, 12,500 ATMs, and the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 266,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 30 on Fortune's 2015 rankings of America's largest corporations. Wells Fargo's vision is to satisfy all our customers' financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.
SOURCE HomeAid America
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