[Hpn] Some answers about the homeless project from the man in charge

William C. Tinker wtinker@verizon.net
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      Some answers about the homeless project from the man in charge=20
      04/22/2007


      San Antonio Express-News=20

      Businessman Bill Greehey soon will head an effort to raise money =
to build a 600-bed complex for the homeless, Haven of Hope, just west of =
downtown. Greehey, who retired as chairman of Valero Energy Corp. in =
late 2005, in part to devote more time to philanthropy, talked with San =
Antonio Express-News Business Writer Vicki Vaughan on Friday about the =
homeless center. In the past year, Greehey has donated $25 million to =
his alma mater, St. Mary's University, and $25 million to the University =
of Texas Health Science Center for children's cancer research and =
prevention.=20



      Q: You've said your future gifts will go toward causes in San =
Antonio. How important is it to concentrate your giving there?=20


      Greehey: I live in San Antonio and San Antonio has been good to =
me. The needs in San Antonio are great. So when you start looking at =
giving major gifts, San Antonio is going to be my priority. I have given =
$1 million to the Horatio Alger (Association) for scholarships for poor =
kids. But the major gifts I'm going to give in San Antonio. It's like =
keeping it in your family.=20

      Q: You've made big donations to St. Mary's University and UTHSC, =
so the whole community is wondering how much you'll contribute to the =
homeless center. Do you anticipate that your contribution to Haven for =
Hope will be in the range of your earlier contributions?=20


      A: It's not going to be $25 million. But it will be a good-sized =
gift. It will be very important for the city, county and the community =
to support this project. ... It will require a lot of financial support =
after it's constructed, because you'll be serving a lot more people than =
before. I think it's important that we run our capital campaign and get =
everyone to participate in it and see what the needs are.=20

      Q: When will fundraising begin?=20


      A: Probably in a few weeks. We really need to get some good cost =
estimates and get the land closed. At that point, we'll know exactly =
what we'll need.=20

      Q: Are you worried about backlash from nearby businesses? Has =
anyone contacted you to say they are concerned that homeless people will =
interfere with his or her business?=20


      A: I have not received one call or one letter from anyone =
complaining. In other cities, the best centers are nice facilities that =
are very well managed. It actually enhances the community. We'll put in =
a nice facility that is going to have great security.=20

      Q: What's the local business community's responsibility toward the =
homeless?=20


      A: We made a deal with the city and county - they'll pay half of =
the cost. We'll get the other half primarily from the business =
community. If you look at all the projects in San Antonio that business =
people have been asked to contribute to, to me, this is far more =
important. We're talking about people's lives.=20
      And I think everybody is showing an interest.=20


      Q: How did you get interested in the homeless, and what services =
will Haven for Hope offer?=20


      A: I got involved with the homeless because I don't think anybody =
was doing enough to help in terms of root causes. I saw people being =
picked up and thrown in jail and being picked up again. Nobody was =
helping people with mental problems, with alcohol problems. I saw a need =
that was there.=20

      Q: You've said Haven for Hope will have family services. What does =
that include?=20


      A: Some homeless people have to give their children away because =
they don't want them on the street with them. At our shelter, they won't =
have to give their kids away. And we'll help them rebuild their lives.=20
      Let me tell you, of all the things in San Antonio, I think this is =
the most important in terms of saving lives. ... And these are good =
people. I've talked to a lot of homeless people, and they really want =
help. If you are someone who has a family and you're making minimum =
wage, it is very difficult to have affordable housing.=20


      Q: So the center will provide job training?=20


      A: There will be training there and there will be training with =
other agencies. A lot of the agencies here in town have some real good =
programs. Those that have the good programs, we'll take advantage of =
that, like the GI Forum, which is next door to where we're going to be.=20

      Q: Looking beyond the homeless center, what other causes do you =
want to devote yourself to?=20


      A: Well, Haven for Hope is taking a lot of effort. But at some =
point we're going to be addressing another big job: affordable housing.=20

      Q: Will the homeless center send a message that San Antonio is an =
innovative, compassionate city?=20


      A: Once this center is in operation you will get national press on =
it as being state of the art and what every city should be doing. I =
think it'll be the model of what is adopted by other cities in Texas. =
Nobody will have what we have, and nobody will be doing what we're =
doing.=20

      vvaughan@express-news.net =20


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      <H2 class=3Dvitstoryheadline><SPAN class=3Dvitstoryheadline>Some =
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      the homeless project from the man in charge </SPAN></H2>
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      <P></P><FONT size=3D-1><B><SPAN class=3Dvitstorybyline><BR>San =
Antonio=20
      Express-News</SPAN></B></FONT> <SPAN class=3Dvitstorybody>
      <P></P>
      <P>Businessman Bill Greehey soon will head an effort to raise =
money to=20
      build a 600-bed complex for the homeless, Haven of Hope, just west =
of=20
      downtown. Greehey, who retired as chairman of Valero Energy Corp. =
in late=20
      2005, in part to devote more time to philanthropy, talked with San =
Antonio=20
      Express-News Business Writer Vicki Vaughan on Friday about the =
homeless=20
      center. In the past year, Greehey has donated $25 million to his =
alma=20
      mater, St. Mary's University, and $25 million to the University of =
Texas=20
      Health Science Center for children's cancer research and =
prevention. </P>
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size=3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV>
      <P></P>
      <P><B>Q: You've said your future gifts will go toward causes in =
San=20
      Antonio. How important is it to concentrate your giving there? =
</B></P>
      <P></P>Greehey: I live in San Antonio and San Antonio has been =
good to me.=20
      The needs in San Antonio are great. So when you start looking at =
giving=20
      major gifts, San Antonio is going to be my priority. I have given =
$1=20
      million to the Horatio Alger (Association) for scholarships for =
poor kids.=20
      But the major gifts I'm going to give in San Antonio. It's like =
keeping it=20
      in your family.=20
      <P></P>
      <P><B>Q: You've made big donations to St. Mary's University and =
UTHSC, so=20
      the whole community is wondering how much you'll contribute to the =

      homeless center. Do you anticipate that your contribution to Haven =
for=20
      Hope will be in the range of your earlier contributions?</B> </P>
      <P></P>A: It's not going to be $25 million. But it will be a =
good-sized=20
      gift. It will be very important for the city, county and the =
community to=20
      support this project. ... It will require a lot of financial =
support after=20
      it's constructed, because you'll be serving a lot more people than =
before.=20
      I think it's important that we run our capital campaign and get =
everyone=20
      to participate in it and see what the needs are.=20
      <P></P>
      <P><B>Q: When will fundraising begin?</B> </P>
      <P></P>A: Probably in a few weeks. We really need to get some good =
cost=20
      estimates and get the land closed. At that point, we'll know =
exactly what=20
      we'll need.=20
      <P></P>
      <P><B>Q: Are you worried about backlash from nearby businesses? =
Has anyone=20
      contacted you to say they are concerned that homeless people will=20
      interfere with his or her business?</B> </P>
      <P></P>A: I have not received one call or one letter from anyone=20
      complaining. In other cities, the best centers are nice facilities =
that=20
      are very well managed. It actually enhances the community. We'll =
put in a=20
      nice facility that is going to have great security.=20
      <P></P>
      <P><B>Q: What's the local business community's responsibility =
toward the=20
      homeless?</B> </P>
      <P></P>A: We made a deal with the city and county =97 they'll pay =
half of=20
      the cost. We'll get the other half primarily from the business =
community.=20
      If you look at all the projects in San Antonio that business =
people have=20
      been asked to contribute to, to me, this is far more important. =
We're=20
      talking about people's lives.=20
      <P>And I think everybody is showing an interest. </P>
      <P></P>
      <P><B>Q: How did you get interested in the homeless, and what =
services=20
      will Haven for Hope offer?</B> </P>
      <P></P>A: I got involved with the homeless because I don't think =
anybody=20
      was doing enough to help in terms of root causes. I saw people =
being=20
      picked up and thrown in jail and being picked up again. Nobody was =
helping=20
      people with mental problems, with alcohol problems. I saw a need =
that was=20
      there.=20
      <P></P>
      <P><B>Q: You've said Haven for Hope will have family services. =
What does=20
      that include?</B> </P>
      <P></P>A: Some homeless people have to give their children away =
because=20
      they don't want them on the street with them. At our shelter, they =
won't=20
      have to give their kids away. And we'll help them rebuild their =
lives.=20
      <P>Let me tell you, of all the things in San Antonio, I think this =
is the=20
      most important in terms of saving lives. ... And these are good =
people.=20
      I've talked to a lot of homeless people, and they really want =
help. If you=20
      are someone who has a family and you're making minimum wage, it is =
very=20
      difficult to have affordable housing. </P>
      <P></P>
      <P><B>Q: So the center will provide job training?</B> </P>
      <P></P>A: There will be training there and there will be training =
with=20
      other agencies. A lot of the agencies here in town have some real =
good=20
      programs. Those that have the good programs, we'll take advantage =
of that,=20
      like the GI Forum, which is next door to where we're going to be.=20
      <P></P>
      <P><B>Q: Looking beyond the homeless center, what other causes do =
you want=20
      to devote yourself to?</B> </P>
      <P></P>A: Well, Haven for Hope is taking a lot of effort. But at =
some=20
      point we're going to be addressing another big job: affordable =
housing.=20
      <P></P>
      <P><B>Q: Will the homeless center send a message that San Antonio =
is an=20
      innovative, compassionate city?</B> </P>
      <P></P>A: Once this center is in operation you will get national =
press on=20
      it as being state of the art and what every city should be doing. =
I think=20
      it'll be the model of what is adopted by other cities in Texas. =
Nobody=20
      will have what we have, and nobody will be doing what we're doing. =

      <P></P><I>vvaughan@express-news.net=20
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