The Journey Begins

July 16th, 2013

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Congratulations to Kristina Alvarez and her family on their acceptance into our program! They recently received this wonderful news and could not be more thrilled about the opportunity to move into a stable environment and build a better future.

After receiving the news, Kristina was both excited and shocked. She was beginning to lose hope of finding an affordable home after years of bouncing around in various small, expensive, and bug ridden apartments. “I was tired of renting things that would never be mine,” states Kristina, “It’s difficult and tiring to have to move all of the time.” It was then that she heard about Habitat for Humanity, applied, and is now accepted!

As a mother of two children, Miranda who is five and Kaylie who is two, Kristina is proud to be able to provide her children a more stable environment with a home of their own. She is ecstatic that her children no longer have to worry about moving every year or six months when the lease on the apartment ends.

Kristina currently has two jobs. She works at Clear Lake Regional Hospital as a PBX Operator and as a Director for Champions. Working night shifts is a common occurrence so she often leaves her kids to stay with her mother. When she works during the day Miranda and Kaylie are at Daycare. With her new home on the way Kristina is looking forward to having a clean, safe environment for her kids to play in. Most of all, Kristina says, “I am so happy to have a permanent place to live that I can call my own.”

Register Now for Women Build!

January 8th, 2013

Save the Date for the 2013 Women Build

5K Walk/Run APRIL 21, 2013 at 3:00PM

2700 Bay Area Blvd. Houston, TX 77058 – Bayou Bldg. Parking Lot

Register Now for the 2013 Women Build 5K Walk

Click Here to set-up your fundraising page

Click here to watch a video about Women Build!

The Bay Area Habitat for Humanity Women Build Project encourages women from our community to become advocates for Habitat by engaging them in the entire home building process, from fundraising, to building the structure, and becoming a blessing to a family in need! Each spring, the Bay Area Habitat for Humanity Women Build Project actively engages a diverse group of more than 600 community members through its 5K Walk and build.

The Women Build 5K Walk Women Build, women buildingis our affiliate’s largest fundraiser of the year. Through this fun, high-profile event, we are able to reach a different audience than we normally have access to. Most of the walkers advocate and fundraise for the event using a social media site designed with non-profit fundraising in mind. They are able to reach friends, family, and other supporters from all over the world, and offer them the opportunity to become involved in the Women Build Project. They are our greatest advocates of the Women Build. We also offer local businesses the opportunity to promote their name at our walk. We found this to be an enticing marketing tool that allows us to include even more women from our community in the project. Our Women Build Project unites our organization by involving staff, volunteers, donors, Partner Families, and new walkers in the planning and implementation of the entire project. New walkers are cultivated to become long-term partners with Bay Area Habitat for Humanity. Our volunteers, staff and Partner Families are passionate about informing new walkers and volunteers about the mission of Habitat and the importance of Women Build. Many of our Partner Families are involved in the Women Build Walk, from manning tables to walking alongside the other participants, offering everyone (homeowners and walkers alike) the chance to share their stories about how Habitat has affected their lives.

Currently, 12 million U.S. children (1 in 6) live in poverty, which is a severe threat to their health, growth and potential.

Women are a powerful social and economic force with the means to both fund and construct homes where children can flourish. Women-built projects provide an opportunity for women to learn new skills, participate in team-building activities and make a lasting difference for children and families in the fight against poverty housing.

Ascend and Bay Area Habitat Unite!

July 25th, 2012

Ascend Performance Materials and Bay Area Habitat are coming together for Bay Areas first ever Builder Blitz!  In honor of Ascends 50th Anniversary Ascend will be sponsoring the build of a $65,000 home as well as providing over 200 volunteers within their company.  To make the celebration of their anniversary even more meaningful Ascend will be building the home at their chocolate bayou work site over a two week period followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony October 13 in which the home will then be relocated to a lot in Dickinson, TX.  Some of you may be wondering a couple of things, Who is Ascend Materials? What is a Builder Blitz? and Who is the home for?  Continue on reading and all of these questions will be answered.

Ascend Performance Materials is a Global Leader in the production of nylon, plastics and synthetic fibers.  Look around your home and their products have most likely made up the majority of your surroundings.  Your carpet, clothes and personal care products are just a few to name off.  Ascend  has been awarded numerous times for their protection on the environment as well as their loyalty to their employees.  For the third year in a row Ascend earned two separate awards at their chocolate bayou site, The Caring for Texas Award and The CSX Chemical Safety Excellence Award.  The Caring for Texas Award recognizes community awareness, emergency response, security and pollution prevention.  The CSX Chemical Safety Excellence Award recognizes the companies commitment to safe and hazardous removal.  Ascends care and concern doesn’t stop with the environment or the community, this gratitude has extended towards their employees.  The Voluntary protective Program Star which is overseen by The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is a rigorous inspection on effective work site based safety and health.  Alvin TX, Decatur AL, and Pensacola FL are all Ascend sites that hold this star.  Through these awards one can see how Ascend takes the time and consideration necessary for their employees and the community, so when I came across The Ascend Cares Foundation founded by their VP Andrew Ralston we were even more delighted to have the opportunity to work such a caring company.  Ascend Cares was created to provide relief funds to employees of Ascend due to a series of tornadoes that hit northern Alabama.  Ascend and Habitat think alike and that is to help and protect the community.

                                              For those of you who are unaware of what a Builders  Blitz is let me give you a rundown. It all began in Wake County, NC in 2002.  Wake County Habitat and local professional home builder Tom Gipson partnered with twelve other home builders to build twelve homes in a five day period.  The ending results were remarkable, all twelve homes were completed in the allotted time.  The final cost (apart from the land) to habitat was $84,000.  Not only was labor and materials donated, the builders were able to collect $100,000 in cash donations.  With such impressive results the Builder Blitz program has progressed every year since then.

Being a part of the Builder Blitz program was an opportunity Felicia Rich and her family couldn’t pass up.  Felicia is a single hard working mother of twin ten year old boys.  Working as  a full time certified nurses aid for mentally handicapped adults at the residences of hope village.  In her spare time she earns the 300 hours of ‘sweat equity’ required to qualify for a new Habitat for humanity home, as well as working to complete the financial literacy and home ownership classes.  Felicia and her boys are currently living in tight quarters at her mothers house.  The twins sleep in what was once Felicia’s room,  while Felicia either sleeps on the sofa or shares a bed with her sister.  Felicia and her boys are eagerly anticipating the possibility of celebrating Christmas in their new home and having their own individual bedrooms to sleep in.

Mother Teresa says, “Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do…but how much love we put in that action”  Like Habitat and Ascend , Felicia puts her love into action everyday both at work and at home.

 

 

 

The Need is Knocking at our Door…

June 1st, 2012

Over the past month, the BAHFH Family Selection Committee send out 400 postcards to needy communities in the city of Dickinson and La Porte, and within two short weeks, the Family Selection Committee responded to 13 families sending out pre-applications and two full applications. This is great news, but speaks to desperate need for quality, affordable housing right in our own backyard!

From our applicants this month, many of the potential homeowners work for UTMB as technicians and assistants. We are finding hard-working, deserving families who play important roles in society, but yet struggle to make ends meet. We hope to give their children a second chance!

Thrivent Build Wall Raising 9/18/10

September 21st, 2010

What a great day at the worksite! We had around 50 volunteers working on 3 houses, 2 sheds, and 2 playhouses. Our volunteers worked quickly and with great care. Through their efforts, many projects were completed. The homeowners for all 3 of the houses were present and working hard! One of the greatest accomplishments of the day (and the main reason for this blog post): Thrivent Build Recipient Jackie Burns, and her family, were there to help build, and witness the raising of, all four of their home’s exterior walls!! Oh, what a feeling!…A big thank you to Thrivent Financial for Lutherans for partnering with Bay Area Habitat for Humanity, and funding Jackie’s home! Also, thank you to Hope Lutheran Church, St. Bernadette’s Church, and all of the amazing volunteers who came out to work. You all are truly a blessing to one another, to this community, and to Bay Area Habitat for Humanity. Peace, Love and Hope.

To see more pictures from the day, click on the picture above. It will link you to our Picasa photo album. Also, don’t forget to check out our Facebook Page: “Bay Area Habitat for Humanity”, and our website: www.bahfh.org.