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September 11th, 2008
Habitat for Humanity gets helping hand

Listen to the interviews with Habitat for Humanity members below.

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State Farm Insurance donated $5000 to Habitat for Humanity towards the building of Pamela Brown’s home. Brown is a single mother of an eight year-old girl, Tyra, and works full time at Texas State University. She said she applied several times to Habitat for Humanity and was finally chosen this year.

“This is a great opportunity to be a homeowner for the first time,” said Brown. “It’s really exciting for me and my daughter, she’s already picked out her room and her colors and everything else, so it’s a really exciting time for both of us.”

The house is projected to be completed in October. According to the San Marcos Habitat for Humanity website, Habitat for Humanity International is a Christian organization and welcomes volunteers from all faiths who are committed to Habitat’s goal of eliminating poverty Housing. Homes are sold with no profit made.

State Farm Community Citizenship member Nan Richie is the Project Manager and Specialist for the Austin- San Antonio area. She said State Farm has a program, three years running, called, State Farm builds Texas, and during the month of September they help build homes throughout the state in 15 different locations.

“We try to help people realize their dreams of home ownership and Habitat is one of the premier organizations to help citizens in the communities where we work and live to realize their dreams,” said Richie.

State Farm not only donated money but had twelve volunteers from Austin lending a helping hand.

“That’s Awesome,” said Brown. “I appreciate everything they’ve done and what they continue to do, and I appreciate the donations and everything that’ll really help a whole lot getting the house finished and done.”

State Farm agent and President of the San Marcos Habitat for Humanity Glenn Wier said Habitat for Humanity is important for the community; it’s a way to give back. He said the need in San Marcos is greater than what they are capable of providing. Wier said Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization that gets all of their funding from donations of citizens and businesses.

“Right now we’re spending our funds down to where we don’t have enough money to build more than another, maybe another one house,” said Wier. “We’re gonna have to get some serious fund-raising going or we won’t be able to build additional homes.”

San Marcos Habitat for Humanity Secretary Irene Hoadley said volunteers are needed all the time. She said citizens can help with both monetary and labor donations, a significant difference can be made in one day.

“San Marcos like almost every other community has a lot of people who live in substandard homes,” said Hoadley. “It’s important that our society do what we can to help people that are in those kind of situations have good affordable housing to live in.”

By ANDY SEVILLA
Correspondent

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0 thoughts on “Habitat for Humanity gets helping hand

  1. The story/photos/audio done by Andy Sevilla for the Sept. 11 story on San Marcos Habitat were outstanding!
    What a wonderful job of reporting. Andy captured the whole habitat mood and movement here.

    I’m on the local board and appreciate the effort. I also have a journalism degree so I know when a reporter does a good job. Buck Scheib

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