McKINNEY (Aug. 21, 2015) — North Collin County Habitat for Humanity (NCC Habitat) usually brings news of exciting steps families are taking toward lifting themselves up to a better life. However, today we are reeling from victimization. On Wednesday, Aug. 19 at approximately 11 p.m. on-site surveillance cameras show that men carefully snuck behind the facility, broke locks and stole the entire contents of our tool trailer. At one point one of the men showed his face to the camera as he struggled with wheelbarrows carrying the tools.
These tools were used on the construction sites of our Home Repair teams that repair and restore older, broken down homes of senior citizens, disabled individuals, and families in deep financial need. "It's just very sad that someone would steal from somebody that's helping other people," said Executive Director Celeste Cox.
The construction project planned for that day had to be canceled leaving homeowner Rita Tarver without the roof repair and handicapped access renovation on the entrance of her home undone. "It's not fair to us, it's not fair to Habitat or fair to anyone for this to take place," said Tarver. Rita's home is one of six homes Habitat will possibly reschedule this week because the tools are gone.
Video images of the robbery are posted on our Facebook page at facebook.com/pages/Habitat-for-Humanity-North-Collin-County/102935649783717. Anyone with information about the break-in or suspects is asked to contact McKinney Police at 972-547-2700.
This is not the first time NCC Habitat has experienced victimization of this kind. In 2014, the tool trailer was stolen and the tools and trailer had to be replaced. We are hoping for better results this time with the aid of the surveillance video.
About the North Collin County Habitat for Humanity
North Collin County Habitat for Humanity (NCC Habitat) is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles. We put God’s love into action by building homes and communities. We are dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide. We encourage positive relationships throughout the community by advocating for fair housing policies and by providing training to help families improve their shelter conditions. NCC Habitat was incorporated in 1992. We enable families throughout northern Collin County (Anna, Celina, Farmersville, Frisco, McKinney, Melissa, Princeton and Prosper) to achieve the dream of home ownership and dignity. With the help of partnerships, NCC Habitat has built over 97 houses. We also have started a new program called “A Brush With Kindness” where we help low income families with exterior repairs including roof, siding, paint and general clean up. We’ve served 81 families through this program (mostly seniors). Internationally, NCC Habitat has built 34 homes in Mexico, Egypt, Asia Tsunami and Honduras. Habitat also operates a ReStore that is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday. We sell new and gently used building materials and furniture to the public. For more information, visit ncc-habitat.com.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a path out of poverty, since 1976 Habitat has helped more than five million people through home construction, rehabilitation and repairs and by increasing access to improved shelter through products and services. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and offers a variety of housing support services that enable families with limited means to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. To learn more, donate or volunteer, visit habitat.org.