Twelve-year-old Emily Flores has been working hard, helping her parents earn “sweat equity” to purchase a home through Habitat for Humanity Collin County. What is she looking forward to most? “Having a puppy!” That’s been only a dream in the tiny apartment she and her parents, Juan and Maria, share now.
A home is so much more than a roof over your head. “It’s transformation for the kids in the family,” said volunteer John Herbert, who began working on Habitat builds through his church over a decade ago. “They’re more likely to go to college. That’s how you break the cycle of poverty.”
“It gives them so much pride,” said Celeste Cox, the Executive Director of HFH of Collin County. “This is giving them a hand up, not a hand out. They purchase the home at 0% interest, based on what they can afford, working 500 ‘sweat equity’ hours.”
Habitat is intentional about its slogan, “to put God’s love into action.” “On the first build day for every home, we give the family a Bible and bless the house,” said Lauren Calzada with the Trinity Habitat of Fort Worth. “The Bible commands us to be the hands and feet of Jesus and to help the least among us. What better way than to help those who are struggling to get a firm foundation?”
“I feel the love of God,” said new homeowner Juan Flores. “We feel very happy to have something that is our own. We are so thankful for everybody – the volunteers, the sponsors and Habitat.”
If God is prompting you to help build a home for a family like the Flores family, join us Saturday, June 15, as KCBI kicks off this year’s Summer of Service with four area Habitats – Habitat for Humanity Collin County, The Denton County Habitat, the Garland Area Habitat, and the Trinity Habitat in Fort Worth. KCBI’s Lauree Austin, Jeff Taylor and Jay Allen will be on hand. Why should YOU join them?
“You transform the family – you transform the neighborhood,” said John.
And, said volunteer Perrin Mack from Fort Worth, it’s a wonderful feeling. “It feels so great to come out and give back to others.”
Sign up to help through the links listed at the top of this page. You’ll make a huge impact on someone in need.
For Celeste Cox, who’s been with HFH Collin County for more than a decade, it never gets old. “Seeing the families and the happiness they have on their faces – the joy,” she said, “That keeps it fresh all the time.”