CBRE, HomeAid ‘give back’ at HomeStretch

Employees volunteer for BuildMonth

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ROSWELL, Ga. – HomeStretch, the transitional housing nonprofit agency that helps local homeless families, got some much welcomed sprucing up with the help of volunteers from CBRE Group Inc. (CBRE) and HomeAid.

The event took place as part of CBRE’s fourth annual “Get Out and Give Back” BuildMonth through CBRE Cares, the company’s national corporate philanthropy program. CBRE professionals in 19 offices across the U.S. will participate by volunteering to help rebuild housing in their communities in September and October, which focuses on providing shelter and housing to individuals in need.

Dan O’Dwyer, HomeAid Board member, helped organize and lead the projects that CBRE volunteers implemented.

Several major improvements valued at $5,000 were completed for HomeStretch, a group that assists homeless families with minor children who are working to rebuild their lives. Projects included adding a gravel driveway up to the basement of a home, building steps to the mailbox units for safety, building a large gate to beautify the dumpster area and helping clean two homes for the arrival of new families.

“For the fourth year, HomeAid Atlanta partnered with CBRE for this event. These volunteers have proven themselves as hard workers who sincerely care about helping those less fortunate. The eagerness and energy they bring to the work is incredible. CBRE’s assistance enabled us to make a big difference for HomeStretch,” said Jean Hilyard, HomeAid Atlanta program manager.

“We are very happy to have such great partners in HomeAid Atlanta and CBRE. The volunteers assisted HomeStretch on jobs that I had on my list for quite some time,” said Steve Watson, HomeStretch’s facility manager. “They did a fantastic job on construction projects that would have cost HomeStretch thousands of dollars to do. They made HomeStretch a safer and more attractive residence for our clients.”

BuildMonth is the flagship event of the CBRE Shelter Program, which focuses on providing shelter and housing to those in need by improving housing options in low-income communities across the country.

To find out more about the program, visit www.cbre.com/cbrecares. To learn more about HomeAid Atlanta, visit www.homeaidatlanta.org.