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The Brick and Mortar 4th Quarter

October 2015

~Houston Habitat Celebrates 1,000 Homes~ On Friday, October 2nd, Houston Habitat celebrated the building of our 1000th home! Houston Habitat is so excited that we have reached this milestone with Chevron as our partner for this commemorative project. Chevron, who has worked alongside numerous Partner Families for 17 consecutive years, generously stewarded the building a total of 32 full homes and 12 partial homes. The day was also met by a special guest appearance of Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. Rep. Jackson Lee spoke to Houston Habitat staff and Chevron volunteers about the importance of volunteerism and giving back to the community. She also honored the special day by presenting Houston Habitat with a Certificate of Congressional Recognition and an American flag that was flown over the United States Capitol. This flag will be presented to the Partner Family that receives the 1,000 house at their dedication. Houston Habitat is proud to have built 1,000 houses for hard-working, low-income Houston families and helped them fulfill their goal of homeownership. We would like to thank the countless, supporters, sponsors, volunteers and advocates who have helped make this milestone possible. We could not have done it without you!



~Celebrating Our Partner Families~

Congratulations to our Partner Family members, Ms. Annie Clay & Ms. Antonia Rodriguez. Both of these dedicated women worked tirelessly to complete their goal of homeownership. Their hard work paid off & they both closed on their Habitat homes on Tuesday, September 29th!

~A New Home for Mr. Washington~ On Wednesday, September 30th, Houston Habitat proudly welcomed our Partner Family member, Edward Washington into his new Habitat Home on Angel Lane, a Habitat community that is home to many Louisiana natives that came to Houston after Hurricane Katrina. Mr. Washington, also a Louisiana native, came to Houston in 2008 looking for a change and more opportunities. He was able to secure resources from many different agencies; but it was when he partnered with the Houston Housing Authority that he got some stability. The Housing Authority found out that Mr. Washington was an IT expert and hired him on; earning him more self-sufficiency. Family and friends came to visit often; but he could not offer them a place to stay in his tiny apartment. He decided it was time to purchase a home; although he knew it would not be easy, he was determined to try. Over the past 15 months, Mr. Washington has worked hard to become a Houston Habitat home owner. Because his new home was an existing home, Mr. Washington spent most of his sweat equity hours at the Houston Habitat ReStore, where Store Manager Todd Jordan said, “He kept everyone in line and on their job!� Mr. Washington often filled in as their cheerful greeter. Houston Habitat is proud of all that Mr. Washington has accomplished and is excited to give him a big WELCOME HOME!



~2015 Building a Dream Breakfast~ Houston Habitat for Humanity is proud to announce our 2015 Building a Dream Breakfast on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at the Junior League of Houston Ballroom with Keynote Speaker, Clive Rainey, Guatemala Habitat for Humanity Board Member and Habitat for Humanity International’s first volunteer. Join us for breakfast and find out more about how we are impacting the community and working towards our vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. With your support, there is no dream that is too big to become a reality! Click here for more information & table sponsorship opportunities!

~”Home Is Where the Start Is” Luncheon & Symposium~ Houston Habitat & City of Houston Housing and Community Development invite you to participate in our Affordable Housing Symposium “Home Is Where the Start Is” immediately following the Building a Dream Breakfast, October 27, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in the Tea Room of the Junior League.

Featured Speakers: Dr. Stephen Klineberg, Founding Director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research & Professor of Sociology, Rice University

Neal Rackleff, Director, City of Houston Housing and Community Development Department

Michael Fineberg, Co-founder, Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP), & Executive Board Member, KIPP Houston

Dr. Robert Bullard, Dean, Texas Southern University Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs

Luncheon Keynote: Reverend Harvey Clemons, Jr., Pastor of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church & Founder of 5th Ward CRC

Click here for more information on how you can get involved!



~Kicking Off Houston HYP~ On Thursday, October 9th Houston Habitat proudly kicked off our Houston Habitat Young Professional Group (Houston HYP) with a leadership committee informational session and happy hour at 8th Wonder Brewery. This happy hour is just the beginning of what we believe will be an amazing partnership with the young professional community in the Houston area. Houston HYP promises to be a fun and service driven professional organization that will help Houston Habitat impact our community through volunteerism, fundraising and advocacy. Interested in learning more about Houston HYP? Contact Melissa Fox, Communications and Events Coordinator today!

~Building to Honor Pope Francis~ The Pope Francis build has been one that the staff of Houston Habitat will not forget. Throughout the build the dedicated volunteers have been working hard and creating lasting memories. Houston Habitat Volunteer Coordinator, Elizabeth Rivera put it best when she said, “Our Pope Francis House volunteers come with open hands and leave with full hearts.” A special thank you to Gabriela Karaszewski for helping us coordinate these amazing volunteers, Father Howard of St. Peter Claver Catholic Church for the kind use of his church parking lot and facilities and our generous donors: St. Michael Church, Knights of Columbus Council, St. John Vianney Catholic Church, St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, Nancy and Bob Carney, Houston Inter-City Councils and Courts (HICC) and the family of Sujata Murthy. Without the support of these dedicated individuals and organizations this special build would not have been possible.



~Halloween DIY Project~ Halloween is almost here! What better way to celebrate than creating a Halloween-themed DYI. Follow these easy steps to create your own festive luminaries! 1.



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Photo and tutorial created by Jolly Mom

Find the materials you need for this project, and much more at the Houston Habitat ReStore!




Fill the tin can with water and place it in the freezer. Once water is completely frozen, remove the can from the freezer. Using a marker, draw an image or word of your choosing onto the tin can. Place the tin can on a folded towel. This will help brace the tin can and reduce the impact of punching the holes with the hammer. use the hammer and awl {or nail} to puncture the design in the can. When you’re done punching the holes, place the can under hot, running water to melt the ice. Since water expands as it freezes, the bottom of your can may not be level. If this happens, turn the can over, cover with a towel, and hammer down the edges until the bottom of the can is level. Paint the tin can using spray paint or acrylic paint. Once the paint is dry, use a toothpick and poke some of the holes through on the can since the paint can clog them up. Place a candle inside the can and enjoy!


~Join Team Habitat Today & Run to Build!~

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.



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The Brick and Mortar 2015-10 October HHFHCommunications Houston Habitat for Humanity Newsletter October 2015

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