HomeAid San Diego, an affiliate of HomeAid America, Inc, a national nonprofit organization that builds and renovates multi-unit shelters for America’s homeless, has selected Pardee Homes as its “Builder of the Decade.” The recognition coincides with HomeAid San Diego’s 10th year anniversary of building shelters for the transitionally homeless in San Diego County. Through the generosity of its building partner and their trades, HomeAid San Diego will have completed 14 shelters by the end of summer 2012. These shelters provide a dignified home for the suddenly homeless.
According to Alexis Parker, Executive Director of HomeAid San Diego, Pardee Homes has partnered with the organization since HomeAid’s introduction in the San Diego community in 2002.
“Pardee Homes was HomeAid’s very first Builder Captain in 2002,” said Parker. “The company stepped up by completely renovating Sylvia’s Place run by Sullivan Group Homes that houses young, emancipated foster girls aged 18 to 24. All labor and materials were donated pro bono by Pardee Homes, a $158,830 donation. And each year since, Pardee Homes has donated to our Shelter Development Program.”
Parker added that in 2007, Pardee Homes built a custom Padres-themed playhouse fully furnished and valued at $25,000, which was donated to HomeAid for a fundraising effort. This playhouse was in turn donated by HomeAid San Diego to the San Diego Center for Children in honor of Supervisor Ron Roberts, whom HomeAid recognized as its Humanitarian of the Year in 2011.
Pardee Homes’ employees have also embraced the HomeAid model of giving back by foregoing their annual year-end holiday luncheon and donating those funds to several of HomeAid’s service provider partners including Gary & Mary West Senior Wellness Center to help fund lunch service for at-risk seniors; Home Start for its Maternity Shelter Program that houses young, homeless mothers and their dependent children; and Casa de Amparo for its programs serving abused and neglected children.
Parker also noted the personal and passionate service of Rachell Collins, Director of Sales at Pardee Homes, who has served on the HomeAid San Diego Board of Directors for nine years, two of those years as President.
“Since our founding,” said Alexis Parker, “Rachel and Pardee have helped us fulfill our mission to bring together builders, community leaders, trade partners, donors, volunteers and non-profit professional service providers to help fight homelessness, and they are very deserving of the honor.”
HomeAid San Diego, founded in 2002, changes lives by building transitional housing for the temporarily homeless through partnerships with the building industry, its trade partners and local non-profit service providers in San Diego County. For additional information, please visit HomeAid San Diego at www.homeaidsd.org.