McKINNEY (May 1, 2014) — Seven area families will be the beneficiaries of new and renovated homes this spring as North Collin County Habitat for Humanity joins the nationwide Builders Blitz 2014, sponsored by Habitat for Humanity International.
NCC Habitat will be building four new homes and renovating three with the help of local sponsors and contributors. A wall raising ceremony will be held Saturday, May 3 at 10 a.m. in the La Loma neighborhood at the corner of E. Virginia and Carver streets in McKinney. The emotional ceremony is a tradition in Habitat for Humanity affiliates throughout the world and unifies families, sponsors and volunteers in the project. Each family receives a hammer and uses it to drive a ceremonial nail into the frame after it is lifted.
The event is open to the public and will feature the Rev. Janet Cavalier from First United Methodist Church, McKinney Mayor Pro Tem Travis Ussery, Dave Thompson of Hands & Hammers and Joseph Benton of Sanchez Creating Communities. Also speaking will be Jojy Koshy, owner of Atrium Fine Homes and Michael Fuller representing Darling Homes. Randy and Gigi Burgess, gospel singers, will provide music.
Families purchasing new homes include Melissa Jones and family, sponsored by Darling Homes. Melissa is employed by MCD Innovations and has three children. Jessica Miller and her three children will build their home and will be sponsored by Atrium Fine Homes. She is employed by Home Depot. Medical Center of McKinney will sponsor its employee, Angela Ortega, for her new home and it will be built by Centurion American. GroundFloor Development is constructing a new home for the Maxwell/Castillo family and their son. The couple is employed by Collin College. Financing for new homes is provided by McKinney Community Development Block Grant and Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs.
The three renovation projects are for Lena Terrell, Cleo Holloway and Roosevelt Allen who are sponsored by the Hands & Hammers group of First United Methodist Church of McKinney. These homes are part of the national Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative presently working in McKinney, Frisco and Prosper to repair distressed properties existing in low-income neighborhoods in North Collin County. The exterior renovations include scraping and painting, building walks and ramps, clearing brush and landscaping and other necessary repairs.
Other contributors to the Blitz include Abernathy Roeder Boyd & Joplin, Anonymous, Assured Home Performance, Burgess, Cantu Pest & Termite, Carrier, Collin County, Convergint Technologies, Cree, Delta Faucet, DOW Building Solutions, Encore Wire Corporation, Energy Foam Insulation, Entertainment Photos – Juan Carlos, GAF, Goodrich Realty Consulting, Hope Plantation Sod, James Hardie, JCPenney, Jubilee Company, MaxLite, McKinney Roofing, Medical Center of McKinney, Moen, New Leaf Roofing, North Texas Remodel – Russ Waite, Oak Street Wholesale Nursery, Progressive, RCS Engineering, Royal Building Products, Simpson Strong-Tie, Sparky Cox Electrical, Square D Electrical Supplies, Steve Clark Plumbing, Texas Data & VOiP Inc., Valspar, Wallco Drywall, Whirlpool Corporation and Yale Residential.
In addition, a large number of businesses, restaurants and tradespeople are donating labor, materials, food, water and other items to the effort. If you are interested in participating in Blitz, call 972-542-5300.
NCC Habitat has been building new homes in North Collin County since 1992 and began the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative in 2012.
About the North Collin County Habitat for Humanity
The 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 with the original name of McKinney Habitat for Humanity, Inc. In 2002, we changed our name to North Collin County Habitat for Humanity to reflect our expanding service area. 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 64 houses. For more information visit ncc-habitat.com.