Employees from Bank of America’s Community Volunteers recently joined the Master Builders Care Foundation to paint an apartment unit at Housing at the Crossroads. The unit, which is one of several owned by Housing at the Crossroads, will become a new home for a homeless family working to become self-sufficient.
The volunteer project is part of a nationwide partnership and volunteer effort that Bank of America is participating in through HomeAid America’s days of caring in Los Angeles/Ventura, Tampa, Chicago, Las Vegas, Houston, Orange County, Sacramento, Northern Virginia, Atlanta and Portland, as well as the Seattle area. The Master Builders Care Foundation is a local chapter of HomeAid.
“We are excited about this project because it aligns our commitment to employee volunteerism with a critical need facing homeless families in our communities,” stated Tom Witte, Senior Vice President with Bank of America’s Home Builder Division and Master Builders Care Foundation board member. “We are working with HomeAid to support their mission to build and maintain housing where homeless families and individuals can rebuild their lives.”
Housing at the Crossroads meets the urgent needs of homeless families on the Eastside by providing stable, affordable, transitional housing and support services, thereby helping families work toward self-sufficiency. Its board president, Doug Cooley, stated, “We have provided over 100,000 bed nights to over 70 families and over 13,000 hours of case management services in our short existence.”
Services at Crossroads may involve training to secure a job, budgeting, parenting and other life skills to increase the likelihood that clients become self-sufficient. A priority of the group is to provide a stable living environment for children so they can maintain regular school attendance.
Tracy Cromwell, president of the Master Builders Care Foundation, added. “We’ve been involved with Housing at the Crossroads for a long time, and we greatly appreciate Bank of America’s ongoing commitment and support for the significant role the company and its employees have played in many of our projects and positively impacting the lives of the people and families we’re supporting.”
The Master Builders Care Foundation is a philanthropic arm of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties. Comprised of 3,100 companies, the Master Builders Association is the nation’s oldest and largest home builders association in the nation.
Housing at the Crossroads serves homeless families from the Seattle area’s Eastside communities by providing affordable, transitional housing and support services.
Since 1990, Housing at the Crossroads has provided over 100,000 bed nights to over 70 families and over 13,000 hours of case management services.