Bank of America Grant To HAIE Provides Funds To Help Complete Homeless Shelters

Bank of America Home Loan Manager and Senior Vice President Roger McMillan, center, together with Bank of America Home Loan Specialists Carol Mejia, second from right and Brenda Garcia, second from left,  recently presented a Bank of America Charitable Foundation grant check for $5,000 to HomeAid Inland Empire Executive Director Ray Osborne, right, and Riverside County Building Industry Association Chapter CEO Bill Blankenship, left, to help support HomeAid’s homeless shelter development and community outreach programs in the Inland Empire. 

Bank of America Home Loan Manager and Senior Vice President Roger McMillan, center, together with Bank of America Home Loan Specialists Carol Mejia, second from right and Brenda Garcia, second from left,  recently presented a Bank of America Charitable Foundation grant check for $5,000 to HomeAid Inland Empire Executive Director Ray Osborne, right, and Riverside County Building Industry Association Chapter CEO Bill Blankenship, left, to help support HomeAid’s homeless shelter development and community outreach programs in the Inland Empire. 

RIVERSIDE, CA (December 9, 2015) ---   Bank of America Charitable Foundation recently made a $5,000 grant award to HomeAid Inland Empire (HAIE) that provides important fundingto help complete homeless shelter renovation projects as well as support for the organization’s various community outreach programs in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

“Bank of America and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation are proud of the partnership we have established with HomeAid Inland Empire over the past several years,” said Al Arguello, Bank of America Senior Vice President and Inland Empire Market President, in announcing the grant award. “Bank of America is lending, investing and giving in local communities we serve, and giving support to worthy organizations like HomeAid Inland Empire that are providing critical services and programs for men, women and children who need a helping hand is one way we feel we are able to make a difference ,” he continued.

 “HomeAid Inland Empire appreciates the wonderful partnership we have with Bank of America, and the important funding that we have received from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation,” said Ray Osborne, HAIE Executive Director. We’re able to continue to move forward with our mission to build new lives for homeless men women and children in the Inland Empire through housing and community outreach, because of the continuing involvement and support of generous community-minded corporate partners like the Bank of America,” he added.   

In 2015, HomeAid Inland Empire, the non-profit charity of the Riverside County and Baldy View Chapters of the Southern California Building Association (BIA), celebrated the 25th anniversary of the completion of it first Inland Empire shelter project by undertaking the renovation of 20 apartments for Foothill Family Shelter in Upland where the 1,000th homeless shelter bed created by HAIE is now housed.    

Since 1990, HomeAid Inland Empire has renovated or built 37 homeless shelter facilities in Riverside and San Bernardino counties with a total of 1,027 beds to provide quality temporary housing for individuals and families who need a safe place to stay while they work to rebuild their lives. The value of those facilities is over $17.6 million with nearly $6.8 million in funding and in-kind donations of labor and materials coming from the Inland Empire home building industry through HomeAid.

In addition to the most recent $5,000 in grant funding provided to HAIE by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, the local HomeAid chapter also received a significant amount of additional shelter development and community outreach program grant funding during the year from the Foundation through HomeAid America. The funds were effectively utilized locally to complete an 84-bed veterans homeless shelter renovation project at the U.S.VETS facility at March ARB in Riverside, as well as to support the annual HAIE Essentials For Young Lives and Full Bellies, Warm Hearts community outreach programs for hundreds of children who reside with their families at homeless shelter facilities throughout the two-county Inland Empire area.

Bank of America employee volunteers are also very involved in various Homeaid Inland Empire community outreach programs, including collecting and distributing baby care items as well as backpacks and school supplies for children of homeless families in cooperation with HAIE. They also put together HomeAid Care Kits with useful health and hygiene items as well as shelter and transportation information that they provide to homeless individuals and families on the street during the year.

For more information about HomeAid Inland Empire contact HAIE Executive Director Ray Osborne atray@homeiadie.org or visit the organization’s website at homeaidie.org to volunteer or make a donation.