Team Members collect more than 10,000 pounds of food for the holiday
Houston, TX (December 13, 2016): David Weekley Homes, the nation’s largest privately-held builder, hosted its second annual, companywide Thanksgiving Drive, collecting an aggregate of 147,000 pounds of turkey and nonperishable items in 20 participating markets. The company’s efforts provided more than 149,000 meals to local families.
Locally, 3,700 pounds of turkey and more than 7,000 pounds of nonperishable items were collected during the two-week drive, which ran from November 2 to 16, with donations from homeowners, vendors and team members. Houston team members donated the items to the organization, which were picked up and distributed to nearly 800 families in time for the holiday. The David Weekley Family Foundation also participated by donating $10,000 to each organization to provide for meals and additional needs of the charities.
“I love being involved with our annual Thanksgiving drive,” said Joshua Schelnick, design development draftsperson with David Weekley Homes. “For such a simple act, you can make an enormous difference.”
In Houston, the Thanksgiving Drive benefitted Montgomery County Women’s Center, Houston Area Women’s Center and Mission of Yahweh. These organizations provide a 24-hour hotline, safe shelter, crisis intervention, counseling, advocacy and legal services to survivors of family violence, sexual assault and stalking.
“We are overwhelmed and in awe of the outpouring and support from David Weekley Homes,” said Tonya Frye, marketing and volunteer director with Mission of Yahweh. “The passion of the team members was nothing short of inspiring.”
The Thanksgiving Drive is one of the initiatives of the company’s CARE program that joins team members with homeowners, homebuyers, community partners and local nonprofit organizations to live out its purpose of building dreams, enhancing lives in all of the communities in which it builds.
About Montgomery County Women's Center
The Montgomery County Women’s Center has been committed for many years to providing a 24-hour hotline, safe shelter, crisis intervention, counseling, advocacy and legal services to survivors of family violence, sexual assault and stalking. Our mission is to lead the effort in preventing domestic violence and sexual assault through crisis intervention, assistance, advocacy, empowerment and social change.
About Houston Area Women's Center
The Houston Area Women's Center helps individuals affected by domestic and sexual violence in their efforts to move their lives forward. We provide shelter, counseling and advocacy to support them in building lives free from the effects of violence. We seek social change to end domestic and sexual violence through community awareness and education. Our services are confidential and available to everyone.
About Misson of Yahweh
The Mission of Yahweh began with a vision given to Mrs. Helen Gay – known by most as Sister Gay. Today, the Mission Campus consists of 12 buildings, which includes two emergency dormitories and one transitional dorm for both single women and women with children. Sister Gay’s vision continues to drive The Mission’s mission to enrich the lives of homeless women and children.
About David Weekley Homes
David Weekley Homes, the nation’s largest privately-held home builder, is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2016. Headquartered in Houston, the company operates in 23 cities and 13 states across the United States. David Weekley Homes was the first builder in the United States to be awarded the Triple Crown of American Home Building, an honor which includes “America’s Best Builder,” “National Housing Quality Award” and “National Builder of the Year.” David Weekley Homes has also appeared 10 times on FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®” list. Since 1976, the company has closed more than 80,000 homes. For more information, visit www.davidweekleyhomes.com.