Volunteers and special guests attended the dedication of another Habitat for Humanity dwelling, recently completed and ready for occupancy by Jessie Reyna and her four teen-age children, Juan, 17, Stephanie, 15, Hector, 14, and Vanessa, 13.
The house, which has been under construction for almost a year, is located on Parks School House Road and is a three-bedroom, one-bath, frame home with concrete-paved driveway and landscaping by the Greenery.
The dedication ceremony was called to order by Ellis County Habitat for Humanity president Kathy Rushing, who recognized area businesses and individuals for their giving and volunteering.
Rushing also recognized Waxahachie Mayor Joe Jenkins, who offered words of congratulations to the Reyna family and words of gratitude to the Habitat for Humanity volunteers.
A framed photograph by Sally Owen of “Something to Say” Photography, was presented to the Reyna family by Mike Riley.
Linda Colston, advocate for Jessie, presented her with a certificate of occupancy saying the dwelling has passed all building code regulations. The Rev. Bruce Zimmerman, pastor of Waxahachie Bible Church, then offered a prayer of dedication.
Asked what motivated him to become a volunteer, Ron Craddock said, “Some men in my church were involved in working on a project with Habitat for Humanity and they asked me if I would like to join them, and I’ve been doing it ever since.”
Craddock said the city of Waxahachie gave five lots on Parks School House Road for other Habitat homes. Craddock also said the foundation of Brian Waters, who plays for the Kansas City Chiefs and is a native of Waxahachie, is providing funds for another house that will soon be built on Highland Street.
According to a publication by Habitat for Humanity, there is no government funding involved in the construction of homes. Land is donated or purchased by Habitat for home sites. Building materials, machinery, tools, labor and services are also donated or purchased. Families are selected who participate in the house design and the actual construction. Each family chosen is provided a 20-year mortgage at no interest. The payments received are recycled to provide houses for other families. Habitat is trying to branch into all of the communities within the county and a committee selects the sites. All structures are built in compliance with applicable building codes and zoning restrictions.
Leaders and volunteers of Habitat for Humanity urge anyone who can to become a volunteer.
Businesses, organizations and individuals recognized by Rushing were Scott Jackson, project leader along with Kerry Gipson and Myles Strunc; Linda Colsten, Jessie Reyna’s advocate; John Coleman; Rotary Club; Waxahachie Building Supply; State Farm; H-E-B, for both volunteers who helped on many Saturdays and stocking the pantry; James Hardie Corporation; Flowers Construction; Ferris Heights United Methodist Church Youth Group; Baptist Association; Ferris Avenue Baptist Church; Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church; Citizens National Bank; Estes Electric; Bob Fogarty Arbors and Decks; Waxahachie Fire Explorers; Leon Duckett and Sons Plumbing; Lions Club; Ellis County Home Builders Association; The Greenery; Red Oak First United Methodist Church; Wells Fargo; Lowe’s; C&C Refrigeration; Cross Country Pest Control; Nay family; Harold Barnard - Ellis County Abstract & Title Company; Habitat for Humanity board of directors; Lighted Pathways and Sally Owen of “Something to Say” Photography; the Tuesday Morning Habitat Bunch, Kerry Gipson, Bud Brannon, Rena Gahr, Alice Kensey, Suzie Lucas, Myles Strunc, Sheryl Keiver, Jim Sonnenberg Jim Ward, Ed Davidson, Ron Craddock, Steve Jackson, Linda Colston and Scott Jackson.
“And of course at the top of our list and for which none of this would be possible - we thank God,” Rushing said.
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