David Weekley Homes Partners with BuildAid to Renovate Home Damaged During Hurricane Harvey
Houston, TX (August 24, 2018): David Weekley Homes celebrated the return of the Ali family to their home during a welcome home party hosted by BuildAid. The Meyerland home was damaged during Hurricane Harvey and was renovated through the collaborative efforts of the nonprofit organization BuildAid Houston with David Weekley Homes as the builder partner.
Approximately 40 were in attendance for the celebration that included a tour of the home and remarks from Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott, Susan Dell, David Weekley and Jim McIngvale. Following the speeches, there was a surprise furniture delivery from Gallery Furniture for the family.
The family received assistance from BuildAid Houston, a nonprofit initiative of HomeAid Houston and the Greater Houston Builders Association. The organization was created in December 2017 with a $1 million commitment from The David Weekley Family Foundation. Through this partnership, local home builders work with the nonprofit organization to significantly reduce the price of rebuilding by offering materials and contractors at cost to homeowners.
“When we were watching Hurricane Harvey come in, and I couldn’t think of a better thing to do than use our expertise to rebuild homes,” said David Weekley, chairman of David Weekley Homes. “A home is a very emotional thing and it’s even more emotional, if you can imagine, when you see a family that’s been displaced by Hurricane Harvey have the opportunity to move back in their home.”
A $350,000 grant from the Rebuild Texas Fund is being utilized to help furnish repaired homes, with furniture provided at cost by Gallery Furniture. This fund is a collaborative project of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and the OneStar Foundation, established to support the rebuilding efforts in communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
(L-R) Jim McIngvale, owner of Gallery Furniture; Cecilia Abbott, First Lady of Texas; Susan Dell, The Dell Foundation; Parvin Ali and her daughter; and David Weekley, chairman of David Weekley Homes were on hand to welcome the Ali family back into their home.
BuildAid, an initiative that was started during the early aftermath of Hurricane Harvey by The David Weekley Foundation, provides full home repair services to homeowners across the Houston area who experienced flooding due to Hurricane Harvey. Homeowners who have met the pre-qualification requirements will be matched with experienced builder members of the GHBA who will walk them through a finish selection process. For more information on BuildAid visit www.buildaidhouston.org.
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.