Mark DuPriest has helped build 137 Habitat homes and been the project manager on 25 of them! In fact, he will be one of two project managers on the Habitat home being built in March in Sundance Square – right in the heart of downtown Fort Worth.
Mark was involved in pharmaceutical research and development at Alcon Laboratories. Then, in March of 2011, only six months after retiring, Mark started volunteering with Trinity Habitat for Humanity in earnest. He quickly discovered our Cornerstone Program for construction leaders. It sounded like a great way to get himself out of the house and to stay active, so Mark decided to join.
The challenge of building a house with volunteers and the opportunity to interact with different groups of interesting people are two of Mark’s favorite aspects of being a construction leader. Mark says, he also enjoys “the camaraderie of being a member of a group of men and women that share the same interest in helping deserving families achieve the dream of home ownership.”
Mark’s most fond memory with Trinity Habitat was at the dedication ceremony after building his first Habitat home as a project manager. When the homeowner, a young mom of two, went across the stage, she included in her comments a special thanks to Mark for helping build her home and for being so kind. It was totally unexpected and choked him up. To this day, Mark still loves meeting the Habitat families and sharing in their excitement.
To someone considering becoming a Cornerstone Construction Leader, Mark recommends “volunteering as often as you can to learn every aspect of building the house so that you can be of more help to the project manager.” He also suggests considering becoming a project manager once you have some experience under your belt. “We need you! And, it’s not that hard.”
In addition to volunteering locally, Mark also went on a Habitat Global Village trip to Guatemala in November of 2016. Mark says, “the trip was a very fulfilling and emotional experience that gave me a better understanding of the need for adequate housing in other countries, and the contribution that Habitat for Humanity is making to address this problem.”
What Trinity Habitat staff says about Mark:
Mark is Mr Steady. Very little ruffles his feathers and he motivates volunteers with his quiet, yet confident demeanor. -Christine Panagopoulos, Senior Director of Construction
Mark has been such a great leader for our volunteer groups. He does a fantastic job at managing large groups with patience and kindness. We are lucky to have him on our team! -Meagan Bordelon, Volunteer Coordinator
Mark has been a faithful Project Manager. I have actually worked under him during an Employee Build Day and he was great – I enjoyed working with him! -Lari Waites, Construction Administrator