June 10, 2020
Comal County Habitat for Humanity hosts online dedication ceremony
Comal County Habitat for Humanity celebrated the construction of its 49th home via a Facebook Live dedication ceremony on Saturday, June 6th at 1849 Michigan Street in New Braunfels. The new homeowner, Tina, thanked all those who worked so hard to help her reach this goal.
Sponsors for the home include McKenna Foundation, TCOR Management, Stud-A-Thon community partners, Dan and Brenda Chapman, the City of New Braunfels (Community Development Block grant), New Braunfels Rotary Club, a donation made in memory of Marion Ammann, the Najim Family Foundation, Scott and Toni Brothers and Senior Flexonics Pathway.
Construction gift-in-kind partners for Tina’s home include: Hill Country Insulation, Kidd Roofing, Keystone Concrete, Kohler, Whirlpool, Picasso Touch Painting Contractor, and Schneider Electric.
The home took over 500 volunteer hours to complete with the help of 15 volunteer groups from local businesses and organizations.
Due to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, Comal County Habitat for Humanity held Tina’s Habitat home dedication online and streamed the event through Facebook Live for volunteers, donors and Habitat friends to watch from the safety of their homes.
Tina’s daughter, Candy, spoke of her mom’s incredible strength and determination.
“My mom has worked her entire life to make sure we were taken care of. I remember my mom working first, second and third shift at Coleman Company for many years to make ends meet. She never asked for any help and never received any kind of assistance. I could see the stress and fatigue on her face, but my mom never gave up,” said Candy. “After Mom’s approval into the Habitat Home Program, her whole outlook changed. She had something to look forward to. She had hope again.”
Candy continued by highlighting the hard work her mom put forth throughout Comal County Habitat’s Home Program.
“Receiving a Habitat home is not free. There is a lot of work and commitment involved. Mom stepped up with determination and dedication. She looked forward to getting up every day. Over the last two years my mom has worked in the ReStore 2-3 days a week, and when construction started she was at the build site Thursdays and Saturdays,” Candy said. “With her hard work and help from family, my mom exceeded the (program-required) 350 hours - she has now almost 600 hours in total sweat equity. Today we celebrate the hard work that has gone into helping my mom have a beautiful home and a bright future.”
Shortly after Candy’s speech, Habitat Homeowner Tina spoke to supporters watching online.
“It may not be enough, but all I can say is thank you - from the bottom of my heart, with everything I have, thank you. Habitat’s mission has given me strength and helped me to dream about my future and find hope again,” Tina said. “I am no longer going to worry about hot summers or cold winters ever again. I look forward to having restful nights, beautiful days and family gatherings in my new home. I am blessed beyond my wildest dreams. I am happy, forever grateful for everything and everyone. I am home.”
In addition to the Facebook Live streaming of the event, Comal County Habitat for Humanity posted a video of Tina touring her new home for audiences to view on Facebook.
Through donations of money, materials, construction services and volunteer labor, Comal County Habitat for Humanity was able to build the home and sell it at an affordable price. Tina purchased the home with a no-profit loan, and her monthly mortgage payments will be used to build more Habitat houses in our community.
To help Comal County Habitat for Humanity build more homes, please call (830) 625-4025 or visit www.comalhabitat.org. To view the dedication ceremony and home tour, please visit facebook.com/comalcountyhabitat.