RIVERSIDE – The Bank of America Charitable Foundation recently awarded a $5,000 grant to HomeAid Inland Empire (HAIE) to help complete the initial phase of renovation work on a transitional living shelter facility for homeless veterans at March AFB in Riverside. The grant is part of Bank of America’s ongoing investments to address basic human services, such as hunger, shelter, and longer-term solutions to promote financial wellness in local communities.
HomeAid Inland Empire is working closely with the United States Veterans Initiative (US Vets) to undertake a multi-phased renovation project at the US Vets shelter facility at March AFB in Riverside. The initial renovation phase is currently underway, and includes updating and upgrading six apartment units with 24 beds to temporarily house homeless veterans as they work to rebuild their lives.
“We very much appreciate receiving this important grant funding from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to help support the operation of HomeAid Inland Empire, and specifically our shelter development and community outreach programs,” commented Ray Osborne, Executive Director of HomeAid Inland Empire, “We are looking forward to continuing to have financial and volunteer support from Bank of America and its Inland Empire area employees in 2015, and for many years to come, because they are an important and supportive corporate partner for our non-profit organization.”
“Bank of America has a long-standing partnership with HomeAid Inland Empire for the variety of services and programs they provide,” said Cathy Paredes, CSR manager for Bank of America “This important shelter ensures that local military veterans have a safe – and soon renovated - place to sleep, and can easily access the great programs HomeAid offers to help transition homeless men, women and children into permanent living environments.”
“The critical funding and in-kind donations of labor and materials we are getting from HomeAid Inland Empire, including this Bank of America grant, is allowing US Vets to make much-needed repairs and improvements to our transitional living shelter facility. We would not have be able to do this renovation work without HomeAid’s support, along with their generous grant partners like the Bank of America Charitable Foundation and the Lennar Charitable Housing Foundation, as well as their great corporate partners like Bank of America and Lennar,” commented US Vets Inland Empire chapter Executive Director Eddie Estrada.
In addition to providing to grant funding to help support the HomeAid Inland Empire shelter development program, Bank of America will also continue to be a primary supporter for the HomeAid’s Essentials For Young Lives and Full Bellies, Warm Hearts community outreach programs in the Inland Empire area.
About HomeAid Inland Empire
HomeAid Inland Empire, the non-profit charity of the Riverside County and Baldy View Building Industry Association (BIA) chapters, is currently working with 14 homeless shelter service provider partners to renovate or build quality shelter facilities to temporarily house homeless individuals and families in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. In 2014, the HAIE developed five shelter renovation projects, adding 88 critically-needed permanent beds, to serve more than 500 homeless people annually in the two-county area.
Since 1990, HAIE has renovated or built a total of 32 shelter facilities, housing 831 beds, to provide temporary housing for more than 2,500 homeless individuals and families each year in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
For more information about HomeAid Inland Empire contact HAIE Executive Director Ray Osborne at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the organization’s website at homeaidie.org to volunteer or make a donation.