We are so grateful to the 760 attendees at our annual BuildStrong Lunch! Inspired by the stories of our Habitat Families, they gave in a BIG way! When combined with our lead gifts, $1,127,757 was raised at the lunch! That goes such a long way in helping us serve more families in 2020!
Keep reading for a taste of what our guests experienced, including our secret surprise that we revealed.
Cristal & Christopher – 10 Years in Habitat Home
Before moving into their Habitat home, Christopher and his mom, Cristal, moved seven times in the first eight years of his life. Christopher shared how his mom was moving to try and improve things, but later realized she was just causing more instability. Being a single mom with only her GED was financially hard. She dreamed of owning her own home, but had never seen it done and didn’t know where to start.
Moving into their Habitat home was one of the best things that has happened in Christopher’s life! His mom worked alongside volunteers building their home, and he even got to help lay the grass for the front yard. As a kid, the whole process was very exciting for him. And he finally had a place he could call HOME.
The stability of their home has allowed Christopher to excel in school. Next May, he will be graduating from the Texas Biomedical Sciences High School, not only with his high school diploma, but with his associate’s degree at the same time!
Attending the TABS High School had always been a dream of his. It was very competitive, but he is on track to graduate and go on to college. His new dream is to get his bachelor’s of science in nursing and to go on to have a fulfilling career helping others.
Christopher is so grateful for how the community came together ten years ago to build his family’s home. It has shown him there are people in the world that do care for others and want the best for people they don’t even know.
Suhelen – New Habitat Family
At the time of the event, Suhelen Dartez’s Habitat home was under construction in the Como neighborhood. She shared about her journey to Habitat and how grateful she is for this opportunity. Despite having her Bachelor’s degree and a promotion to Lead Supervising Teacher at the Naval Joint Reserve Base child development center, she still was unable to afford a quality, safe home for her daughter, Aileen.
Despite being approved for traditional loans, Suhelen knew that her monthly budget couldn’t support those payments. As a single mom, she knew she only had her income to cover all her expenses and she didn’t want to get herself and Aileen into a difficult financial situation.
Suhelen longed to fulfill Aileen’s dream of having a backyard of her own, a place where she could flip around and practice her cheerleading routines. Well that dream is now in progress thanks to Suhelen’s hard work and partnership with Trinity Habitat! As a part of her required 250 sweat equity hours, she has been working alongside volunteers to help build her new home.
Aileen is so excited for the backyard! Suhelen is excited to be able to provide a stable home for Aileen and to have an affordable mortgage that will allow her not only to cover basic necessities, but save for their future and Aileen’s education!
Secret Surprise Hit Home
For the second year, we also shared our secret surprise with our guests. It was emotional and moving. In fact, most attendees said it was the most impactful part of the event. We are planning to continue this tradition next year, so be sure to SAVE THE DATE for next Thursday, October 15. We’ll be back at the Fort Worth Convention Center at noon.
100% of Your Gifts
$1.13M is a big number! It is even bigger when you realize that 100% of gifts from our sponsors and donors go directly towards our programs in support of local families! We are able to do this because we have revenue sources, like our four local ReStores, to cover our operational costs.
Please consider donating to and shopping at our ReStores. You can learn more about our discount home improvement stores and donation centers at Habitat-ReStore.com. You can even schedule a FREE pick up for large donations, like furniture, appliances, and building materials.