September 29th, 2017
Bay Area Habitat for Humanity (BAHFH) realized the need even prior to Hurricane Harvey, for assisting low income homeowners in addressing critical home repairs. We have secured some limited funding and want to reach out to the communities we serve and do what we can to help with this problem. We define critical home repairs as issues that are vital and necessary to fix to ensure the home occupants safety and/or health. This list can include many issues but BAHFH will start with the following (on a case by case basis); exterior doors, siding, roofing, HVAC, windows, and hot water heaters. We will not be doing repairs inside beltway 8 or in another affiliate’s service area. Please click on here critical home repairs for the application and additional information.
September 12th, 2014
We have now moved into our new office at 2900 Dickinson Ave., just down the street from our old one! Boxes are unpacked and we abuzz with business. Come by to see us and our new facilities!
July 16th, 2013
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.”
June 17th, 2013
This past week, the Cantu family made their last mortgage payment! They have never missed a payment since moving into their Habitat home in 1998. Before they came to BAHFH, they were renting an apartment. They struggled with space as well as finances. The apartment was too small to accommodate their large family Juan, his wife, San Juanita, and their five children. When they were informed they qualified for a house, they were overjoyed and immediately began the necessary preparations.
Through the financial literacy courses Habitat for Humanity offers, the family learned better ways to save money and have been able to save a lot since then. Since moving into their Habitat home, Juan received a raise in his new job as a pipe feeder for PWS. As they continued to make payments for their home over the years, they decided to save up and buy a new home. Today living in their new home, they continue to apply the same principles they learned during their time partnering with Habitat.
By experiencing the construction of their house first hand they were able to learn about home maintenance so that they could take care of their home after it was built. Using their construction knowledge, they were able to build a deck and put in tile for their new home. San Juanita also planted an exquisite garden, something that she would not have been able to do living in an apartment. It brings her great joy to be able to provide fresh produce for her family and even save on grocery expenses as a result!
Even now, fourteen years later, San Juanita can remember the joy she felt receiving her first home as if it was yesterday. She is so grateful for the opportunity to raise her children in a safe and loving environment that an apartment couldn’t provide. She continues to thank God and the Habitat for Humanity volunteers for all of the blessings and opportunities she has received since then.
June 3rd, 2013
Every year, Habitat for Humanity and our partner Lowe’s sponsors an event called Women Build. Since the program started in 1991, Women Build has already built more than 1,600 houses within the US and in dozens of other countries. Women Build teams typically build more than 200 Habitat for Humanity homes per year.
Although 50 percent of the volunteer force for the Habitat for Humanity are women, many of them lack the training or skills to be on the construction site. As a result only 15 percent of the volunteers on construction sites are women. With Women Build, Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s train women with the skills necessary to be active on the construction sites and care for their own homes. It has proven to be an empowering build for women across the globe. For example, in India women were seen building homes for Habitat for Humanity and inspired local women to be independent, innovative, and to learn about ways to help their community as well and break free of the cultural stereotypes of women, capturing the true meaning of Women Build. (Jordan, P. (2010, March 12). Changing Perceptions. Habitat.org. Retrieved June 3, 2013 from, http://www.habitat.org/sites/default/files/wb_changing_perceptions_india.pdf.)
On April 21, 2013, Bay Area Habitat for Humanity began its fifth annual Women Build project with a 5k walk/run with 250 men and women participating. Through this amazing effort, they raised $45,000. For the next 12 Saturdays, 370 women and 170 men worked to build a home for Dionne Kelly. The construction rate reached an all-time high during National Women Build Week, May 4-11, 2013. During National Women Build Week, 55 women volunteered and worked hard to make the dream house a reality for Dionne. Dionne is a single mother of two children, Tristen who is seven and Ahrianna who is four. She is the supervisor for the patient advocacy department at a medical building company and lived in a two bedroom apartment with her son and daughter before the Habitat for Humanity home. The house that she partnered with us to work for has not only given her the opportunity to learn about construction and how to upkeep her own home but also the opportunity to put her earnings into an investment for her children. As a single mom, she wants to offer something to her children if something were to happen to her.
Seventy-nine percent of the recipients for Bay Area Habitat homes are single moms. Over the past five years every Women Build house has gone to a single mother. These statistics stress how important Women Build is to educate women in the basic techniques of construction so they can learn to care for themselves and their children through a well-kept home. The program has a promising future as it continues to assist and educate women about eliminating local low-income housing and poverty housing to better communities.
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.
April 30th, 2012
Today we sent out a mailing to all of the Groundbreakers Club members to introduce our latest homeowner to the program, Felicia Rich!
Felicia a single mother of twin boys has begun the adventure building her Habitat home! Last week Felicia joined the BP, St. Christopher Church and the Regulars as we raised the walls for the next Habitat home in Dickinson. Felicia works hard as a care taker at Hope Village Home for mentally retarded adults. She is described by her peers and co-workers as a hardworking reliable and a “super” person! We feel very blessed to partner with her to build this new home.
If you would like to join the Groundbreakers Club and donate $25 every time we break ground on a new home, visit: http://www.bahfh.org/get-involved/giving-options
April 30th, 2012
Thank you for Dow Chemical for a $65,000 full house sponsorship! Dow Chemical has 20-30 volunteers each week coming out to help with construction at 501 N. 7th Street in LaPorte. The new home is being built for Margarita Rene and her three children.
Dow is a finalist for the 2011 Best Partnership Award from the Business Civic Leadership Center. Everyone can vote and read about their remarkable story at http://bclc.uschamber.com/best-partnership-award-finalist-dow-habitat. See what Dow is doing all over the country!