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COVER: The Henk family will take the key to their new home on Sunday. SUBMITTED PHOTO by KEN MOSS


Esther Williams Henk, a familiar face waiting tables at Cafe on the Square for years, will receive the keys to her new home during a dedication of the Habit for Humanity project 2 p.m. Sunday.

Henk will be joined by husband Cassidy Henk, a U.S. Army soldier currently stationed in Iraq, and their two children, 14-year-old Kedric and 12-year-old Debra. The ceremony was planned so Cassidy Henk could attend while home on leave.

“Hundreds of volunteers worked on this home for the past six months,” said Glenn Wier, San Marcos Habitat’s board chair. Esther and her children worked alongside volunteers on weekends for the last six months as part of the program’s “sweat equity” requirement.

The Henks residence at 1528 Belvin St. is the third home built on the site of a former trailer park bought by the local Habitat chapter with a city grant. Foundations for two more homes were recently poured and volunteers are working most Saturdays framing them.

For information on Habitat for Humanity, the national charity made famous by former President Jimmy Carter, visit the local group’s website here.

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5 thoughts on “Waitress, soldier to take keys to newest Habitat home

  1. As I recall, the effort to buy that property for Habitat homes was a Susan Narvaiz initiative. She made mistakes but it’s good to see her good works benefiting good people.

  2. Congratulations, Esther! Esther is a sweetheart. She has been my server a number of time and has always done an outstanding job. She and her family deserve this house. I am so very happy for them 😀

  3. This is indeed a wonderful thing for Esther, her family, and our community! Esther has also served her/our community on the San Marcos Performing Arts Association Board and as a talented director and contributor to the art scene in various ways. We are blessed to have Habitat for Humanity in our community and the people, who make it possible. And on historic Belvin Street, too! Yes, this is a great example how a community can work together for a better San Marcos. I knew Susan must have done a few, well at least one, good thing. She does care about San Marcos.

  4. Great story. Nice job on that house, too. The whole cluster of Habitat houses looks fantastic on that end of Belvin.

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