The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, June 2009 ... Burt Cabañas and
all of Benchmark Hospitality’s Home Office employees partnered recently
with the Habitat for Humanity NWHC organization, helping construct a new
home for the Romero family of Houston. Juan and DiNora Romero had
been living in a small mobile home with their two children, Gilmar and
Alejandra, and their grandmother Maria with little space for the children
to play inside or outside. When faced with loosing this home, Cabañas,
Benchmark and Habitat for Humanity NWHC stepped in, picked up hammers,
nails, saws and shovels and went to work to build a home for the Romeros,
helping change their lives.
“I was 10 when I came to America from Cuba,” said Mr. Cabañas.
“My mother and I came with very little except the determination to work
hard and build a better life for ourselves. We were so appreciative
of the support we received along the way as it made the difference.
That’s what I hope we’re doing for this wonderful family, the Romeros,
with their new home.”
Following completion, the Romero family, who are originally from Mexico,
will move into the new four bedroom, two bath home, which includes a bedroom
for their grandmother as well.
(L to R): Burt Cabañas … and the Benchmark Hospitality
International Home Office Team Build
a Home with Habitat for Humanity NWHC for the Romero family.
About Habitat for Humanity NWHC
Habitat for Humanity Northwest Harris County www.habitatnwhc.org was
established in 1989 by twelve area churches as an affiliate of Habitat
for Humanity International. The non-profit 501-c-3, faith based,
volunteer driven organization is dedicated to eliminating sub-standard
housing. They are one of eight Habitat affiliates in metropolitan
Houston. Since its inception, Habitat Northwest Harris County has
built more than 140 homes providing housing for more than 568 individuals.
However, the organization’s focus goes beyond just building houses; they
build communities that stress the well being and future of the families
who live in Habitat homes. Habitat for Humanity Northwest Harris
County is committed to doing what they can to help families be successful
in their new neighborhoods, including building community centers and developing
community Home Owner Associations. The organization does not
give homes away; they partner with families looking for a ‘hand-up’ and
help them build their new home.
About Hometown Hospitality Caring For Our Communities
The “Hometown Hospitality Caring For Our Communities” program of Benchmark
Hospitality International advances the philanthropic endeavors of the leading
hospitality management company through employee volunteer programs, in-kind
donations and community outreach activities. Benchmark believes that
responsible corporate citizenship recognizes the inalienable link between
a healthy and vibrant community and the health and well being of a company
and its employees. Hometown Hospitality Caring for Our Communities encourages
and enables Benchmark employees globally to seek leading roles in the communities
in which they live and work and the world community as well by supporting
social, educational, and cultural programs, either through property-developed
initiatives or through partnering with existing organizations and providers.
About Benchmark Hospitality International
Benchmark Hospitality International is a leader in the management and
marketing of resorts, conference centers, hotels, and Personal Luxury Hotels™.
The privately held company, launched in 1980, is a founding member of the
International Association of Conference Centers. Benchmark Hospitality
is a worldwide organization operating properties in major metropolitan
and resort destinations. Benchmark's international headquarters is
located in The Woodlands, Texas, near Houston, with regional offices in
New Jersey and Connecticut. International offices are located in
Tokyo, Japan, and Santiago, Chile. For the location of Benchmark’s properties
and additional information, visit www.benchmarkhospitality.com.