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The Brick and Mortar 3rd Quarter

August 2015

~FAITH AND FAMILY~ Ms. Annie Clay may be one of the most devoted Partner Families to ever walk through the Houston Habitat office. Ms. Clay came to Houston Habitat in May committed to becoming a homeowner. As mother of four and grandmother of fourteen, she wanted to show them that anything is possible if you work hard enough. She explains, “I have worked hard in my life to raise and support my children…but I also want to realize the American Dream of owning my own home.” Although she only has been in our program a few short months she enlisted the help of her large family and together they have almost completed her 300 sweat-equity hours through attending all her financial training classes and working at our ReStore and at the Houston Food Bank. Ms. Clay’s new Habitat home will be dedicated later this month. We are so proud to call her a Partner Family!

~ “We Paid off our House!!!”~

A BIG congratulations to our Partner Family member, Vicky M. Solco! Ms. Solco worked hard and made the last payment of her zero-percent interest mortgage in August. Way to go Vicky!

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



~Pope Francis Groundbreaking Ceremony~ On Tuesday, July 28, 2015, Houston Habitat, along with friends, Partner Families and supporters broke ground on the 2015 ‪Pope Francis House in the historic Settegast neighborhood of Houston‪. The Pope Francis House is dedicated to Pope Francis’ legacy of love and generosity. A special thank you to all who came out to help us bless the ground of the future home a hard-working, low-income Houston family. Please visit our website to learn more about how you can get involved in the 2015 Pope Francis House.

Houston Habitat Board of Directors and supporters break the ground of the HHFH Pope Francis Pictured from left to right: Norma J. Woodson, Drexler, Gabriella Karaszewski , Fr. John Bolger, Goldberg, Allison Hay and Betty Smith

helping House. Gaynell Stephen

~Port of Spain 2015~ In early June 2015, Houston artist John Ross Palmer and fourteen other Americans completed a Habitat Global Village build in Trinidad and Tobago. Mr. Palmer was so inspired by his experience he completed a powerful 11-piece art series, aptly named Port of Spain 2015 that tells the story of his volunteer experience and the people he met while on his build. On July 24, 2015 John Ross Palmer held a VIP Unveiling event at his gallery to showcase his art before his public unveiling on July 26th. Houston Habitat staff members were honored as guests at this exclusive event. Houston Habitat Individual Giving Manager, Kate Plouvier explains her experience, “John’s art was incredibly moving, blending his personal experiences on the build site with symbols of hardship endured by the partner family and Trinidad’s culture. I am so grateful that John is helping to spread awareness about Habitat for Humanity and our goal to eliminate sub-standard housing throughout the world.” As a Houston Habitat supporter, the John Ross Palmer Gallery invites you to schedule a private viewing of Port of Spain 2015, and any purchase made from the collection , John Ross Palmer Gallery will donate 20 percent of the proceeds of the purchase to Houston Habitat for Humanity. To schedule your viewing, please contact Ryan Lindsay, Gallery Owner at To learn more about John Ross Palmer please visit his website at


Houston Habitat Executive Director, Allison Hay and John Ross Palmer at Port of Spain VIP Unveiling.


~ReStore University~

ReStore University is a week long, intensive training offered to ReStore managers from around the country to teach them tools and techniques that they can take back to their ReStores to help their stores grow and succeed. Houston Habitat is honored to be able to send our ReStore Manager Todd Jordan to this incredible development opportunity. While attending ReStore University, Todd will also tour other ReStores and receive instruction from some of the best in the business. Todd shares his excitement, “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to attend ReStore University and have the chance to learn, grow, and become better equipped to help lead and encourage the awesome team we have at the ReStore as we continue in our mission to provide help and hope to deserving families!” We look forward to Todd returning with advanced knowledge that he can share with us, so that we can build more houses through the money we raise from our ReStore sales!

~Macy’s Shop for a Cause~

On Saturday, August 29, 2015, Macy’s will host its 10th annual Shop For A Cause benefiting charities nationwide and Houston Habitat for Humanity is excited to be a participating charity! When you purchase your savings pass, you not only receive 25% off* on regular, sale and clearance merchandise, (including designer brands you love, throughout the store, as well as 10% off electronics, furniture, mattresses and area rugs) you also help Houston Habitat build homes for under-served families in our community. Click here for more information and find out how you can get your shopping tickets for this awesome event!



~Help TEAM HABITAT Run to Build~

Help Team Habitat Run to Build by becoming a personal fundraiser for the 2015-2016 Houston Marathon. You can help us raise vital funds while training for your marathon, half marathon, 5K or just as a supporter! Creating a Fundraising Page is simple: 1. Visit Houston Habitat’s Charity Page on the Houston Marathon website 2. Click on Become a Fundraiser at the top of the page 3. Create your profile 4. Share your fundraising page with your family and friends! Brick and Mortar Contributors: Denise Bates, Communications Director Melissa Fox, Communications & Events Coordinator

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.



The Brick and Mortar 2015-08 august  

HHFHCommunications Houston Habitat for Humanity Newsletter August 2015

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