Remodelers Council: Renovating a Refuge

Remodelers Council remodels the Sonrise Shelter for Houston’s homeless

GHBA Remodelers Council members renovating the Sonrise Shelter: (Top L- R) Mike Frank, Tamra Rivera, Noah Abbott, Larry Abbott, RMC President, Gonzalo Garcia (Bottom L – R) Harrison Rivera, Dan Bawden, Maria Frank, Jennifer Wall, Gil Boyles, Lorraine Hart, Jordan Kirkpatrick, Tom Pellegrin, Aaron Kirkpatrick, Frank Gullo.

John’s perfect grammar and strong voice were in stark contrast to his emaciated appearance and long, unkempt hair.  It was obvious that he was well educated, and it was impossible not to wonder how he had ended up in a homeless shelter.

Nancy sat in the sun outside the shelter and said that her family was “very, very rich.” “However,” she smiled and shook her head, “money can’t buy everything.”

Nancy and John (their names have been changed) live in the Sonrise Shelter, a private, faith-based nonprofit that provides solution-based ministry and assistance to the homeless and near homeless in the Houston metro area.

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Lots for Sale


On two Saturdays, April 12 and May 3, the Remodelers Council  (RMC), an organization of the Greater Houston Builders Association, worked to improve the lives of Nancy, John and the many other homeless individuals who have found a temporary refuge at the Sonrise Shelter.

Ryan Boyles, with GB General Contractors, led the RMC volunteers as they added a new entry room, which will be used to admit clients. They also completed much-needed improvements, such as walls, lighting, electrical, flooring and paint to the living areas.

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Lighting Deals


Several Remodelers Council members enlisted their families as volunteers. A family working to help homeless families becomes a powerful force. “I’m not exactly sure what to say about the entire experience,” said college student, Jordan Kirkpatrick, the daughter of member Jennifer Wall, “Helping build and paint a home for those people was almost like rekindling that sense of hope in their lives.” Jordan continued, “I wanted to do so much more for them, to give them the clothes off my own back and to provide them the home life and family that I have been given.”

Larry Abbott’s 15-year-old son, Noah, was surprised “To see so many regular, everyday people in so much need of help.” Noah, with instruction from his dad, Gil Boyles and Dan Bawden, also “learned how to apply mass amounts of paint in a short time!”

GHBA Remodelers Council Charity Garage Sale

Remodelers Council 2013 Garage Sale Chairman Larry Abbott, Abbott Contracting and son Noah volunteering at Sonrise Shelter

Describing his experience, Harrison Rivera, 16, the son of Tamra Rivera, explains, “Helping with the painting to make the shelter look fresh, made me hope the residents will enjoy it. Knowing they would like it, made me feel good inside and know my contributions made a difference in someone’s life. I left there with pride.”

It is with this pride that the Remodelers Council wants to thank its members for volunteering their materials and services, including: Bison, A Stock Building Supply Company; BMC Building Materials; Craftsmanship by John;  Dal-Tile Corporation; Detering Company of HoustonFerguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery; Fort Bend Publishing Group; GB General Contractors, IncGullo Construction, Inc; Houston Direct Electric; Ibarra Painting; Ideal Consulting Services, Inc;  J & I Construction; Legal Eagle Contractors, Co.; Lone Star Building & Construction Services; MaxiTile; Patrick Roofing; Remodeling Concepts, Inc.; Sherry Pruitt Construction, LLC; Stephen’s Home Repair, Inc.; and Third Coast Builders.

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Thank You from the GHBA Remodelers Council

This article was provided by Amy Ahlbrand Robinson, the Public Relations chairperson of the GHBA Remodelers Council.

The Remodelers Council is dedicated to promoting professionalism and public awareness of the remodeling profession through education, certification and service to the Houston community.

Funds to make projects such as these possible are made available by contributions of members of the Remodelers Council and the funds raised at their annual Garage Sale.

Join the Remodelers Council at their 7th Annual Garage Sale Saturday and Sunday September 20 and 21.  Get some bargains for yourself and know that you will be supporting the 2015 Remodelers Council Charity Project.

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Something for Everyone

GHBA_RCThe Remodelers Council of the Greater Houston Builders Association is an organization of remodelers and industry professionals. We are dedicated to the promotion of excellence and professionalism within the industry, and public awareness of the Remodelers Council. We achieve this through education, certification and service to the membership, industry and the community. Members of the Remodelers Council give back to the Houston community by participating in an annual charity project. The Remodelers Council holds an annual Garage Sale at the September Texas Home and Garden Show with proceeds going to their local charity project. To join the council or to find a professional remodeler in your area, please visit the GHBA website.

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