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The Brick and Mortar 2nd Quarter

May 2015

~Welcome Home to our New Partner Families~

Home Dedications in April The rain held off just long enough to dedicate five determined families and welcome them into their beautiful new homes! Thank you to all the sponsors, friends and volunteers who shared in the joy! Welcome Home Partner Families! Murphy-Davis Family

Cano Family

Pyles Family

Gomez Family

Ondari Family

For more information about how you can become a Habitat Homeowner, go to:



Celebration! Houston Habitat for Humanity is so grateful for the support of thousands of donors and volunteers! With their help we have achieved a significant milestone in our 27 year history: This fall we will build our 1000th House! We invite you to celebrate this achievement with us.

Join us, our family partners, other sponsors, volunteers and friends at the 1000th House Celebration Block Party Thursday June 4, 2015 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm in Harrel Park 2, 8428 Woodlyn Road, Houston, TX 77028 (Google Maps Link: We will have interactive activities, including the opportunity to set a world record!

Please RSVP to

Led by Chevron’s generous gift of construction equipment, we humbly request 1,000th House commemorative gifts to Houston Habitat. Our wish list is listed on the next page and includes items big and small; all vital to helping us continue to build homes, communities and hope for low income, hard-working Houston families. We also gratefully accept monetary donations and donations for our silent auction. We could not have reached this milestone without the support of the Houston community, and donors and sponsors worldwide. We hope that we can continue to count on this support as we strive to build the next 1,000 houses and help the next 1,000 families achieve the dream of home ownership and the transformation that it brings. Thank you so much for your consideration.



~This fall we will build our 1,000th House!~ OPERATION WISH LIST • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

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Cardboard Bailer Shopping Carts Lumber Carts Flat Carts Dollies Forklift Forklift Battery 16’ Foot Bed Truck Pickup Truck and trailer Energy efficient store lighting Parking lot replacement or repair Branded Banners and Signage Volunteers to lead repurposing classes Technology (equipment and software) Surface Pro Laptops Adobe Photoshop Software Canon T-5 Camera Drone Camera AutoCAD compatible computers Samsung Wireless Enterprise Communications Manager with Handsets Samsung SIP Phones Document Imaging and Storage System


• Construction & Landscaping Tools/Equipment • Cordless impact drills (18-20V) • Circular saws (7 ¼”) • Tape measures • Chalk Boxes with string line • Metal speed squares • Caulking guns • Quality paint brushes • Quality paint rollers • Paint rolling pans • Quality hammers • 6’ and 8’ step ladders • Push lawnmowers • Riding lawnmower • Weed eaters • Leaf Blowers • Leaf Rakes • Volunteer Experience Enhancement • Volunteer Comfort Zone (tents, tables, benches, coolers, fans, heaters, sweatbands and other gear for comfort of volunteers) • Volunteer Check-in and Registration Kiosk


~Thank you to our Women Build Teams!~

Our 2015 Women Build was a resounding success of 7 days of hard work! We are eternally grateful to the women (and a few good men) teams that shared their time, talent and treasures to help build this home for Ms. McGee! Every day, they came strong, willing to spend those hours hammering away! They erected interior and exterior walls; applied sheathing and installed blue board around the house; cut out windows and doors; began kitchen, bath and closet blocking; raised roof trusses and more! We thank all of the Women Build Teams for their hard work and dedication! • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Metamorphosis Conference, Inc. (Fountain of Praise Church) Kendra Scott Jewelers Texas Spring-Cypress Chapter of the Links, Inc. Zachry-Odebrecht Parkway Builders Schlumberger Hoover Slovacek’s High Heels and Hard Hats Lowe’s Houston area Stores H-E-B Stores Vaco Resources NFLPA Former Players Houston Mighty Mujeres GE Women's Network Houston Hub Chevron Women’s Group

See more photos! 5/13/2015


~COME BUILD WITH US!~ When a family comes to Houston Habitat with a desire to own a home, we make it possible with individual donors, sponsors, grants, and much needed help from our friends! The Partner Family contributes 300 hours of their own as well. Come build with us! Our volunteer experience is like none other. Enlist your friends, family and colleagues! Several groups make it a yearly tradition to help raise funds and come out on the build site to participate in building alongside the future homeowner!

For more information about how you can volunteer with Houston Habitat, go to:

~Houston’s Club 24 ~ Club 24 is an organization that was founded by members of the Indo-American community in Houston in 2006. It is a social club with a primary mission to build bridges with the broader community in Houston. At a recent Club 24 philanthropy event, Houston Habitat for Humanity was presented with a check for $500 at the gorgeous residence of Mr. Madhusudan Desai. Club 24 partially matches contributions made by club members to various charities. The event was covered by TV Asia where Houston Habitat Board Members Gaynell Drexler and Leela Krishnamurthy were interviewed. A beautiful evening for a beautiful cause!



Pope Francis has become a beacon of peace and love for people throughout the world, not only to Catholics, but to all walks of life regardless of religious beliefs. Since his Papacy began in March of 2013 he has asked the world to help those that are in need and to love one another as equals. As Houston Habitat for Humanity was founded on these same principles, an anonymous donor challenged Houston Habitat to match their generous gift of $60,000 to build a Habitat home that will honor Pope Francis’ legacy. The Pope Francis House embraces the following three tenets: •To honor Pope Francis for his commitment to social justice and reinvigorating the Catholic Church •To provide a unifying, celebratory opportunity for both Catholic and non-Catholic volunteers to work towards a common goal-as Pope Francis says, “Work confers dignity.” •To further Habitat’s mission of building and preserving homes Houston Habitat will break ground on the Pope Francis House late summer 2015 in the historic Settegast neighborhood in Houston. Your generous gift will go directly towards the completion of the Pope Francis House, and allow for Houston Habitat to give a hand-up to another hard-working, low-income Houston family.

Donate to Pope Francis House Brick and Mortar Contributors: Denise Bates, Communications Director Melissa Fox, Communications & Events Coordinator Leela Kristamurphy, HHFH Board Member

3750 N. McCarty St. Houston, TX 77029

Houston Habitat for Humanity, with thousands of sponsors and volunteers, has built over 950 homes for hard-working, low-income Houstonians. Habitat Partner Families contribute 300 hours of “sweat equity” and complete training on home ownership to purchase homes at cost with zero-interest mortgages. For more information about Houston Habitat for Humanity, and the Houston Habitat ReStore – a nonprofit home improvement store and donation center open to the public, go to, or call 713-6719993. Houston Habitat for Humanity is a tax-exempt 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.



Houston Habitat for Humanity Brick and Mortar 2015-05  

HHFHCommunications Houston Habitat for Humanity Newsletter May 2015

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