February 03, 2021
Comal County Habitat for Humanity celebrated the construction of its 50th home via a Facebook Live dedication ceremony Saturday, January 23rd, 2021 at 1520 West Mill Street in New Braunfels. The new homeowners, Benito, Hortencia, and family, were present along with Habitat home sponsors Pat and Becky Wiggins, the family's close friend Eugene Cervantes, and Comal County Habitat staff members.
Due to COVID-19 social distancing regulations, Benito and Hortencia’s Habitat home dedication was streamed online via a Facebook Live event for volunteers, donors and friends to watch from the safety of their homes.
The program started with Comal County Habitat Executive Director Crystal Moore giving an introduction explaining what a home dedication means. “We’re dedicating this home to the blessing of the family and also to further do God’s work as that’s what has brought us here today.”
All attendees moved inside the newly built Habitat home where the program continued with Eugene Cervantes speaking about his friendship with Benito. “I’ve known him for a few years and I’ve come to learn a lot from him. He’s a man of honor. He’s a man of humility, a man of commitment. I’ve never met anybody like him.”
He went on to speak about Benito’s love for his family and concluded with “I am blessed to be here. On behalf of the family we extend our gratitude to Habitat for Humanity. It is an honor and a privilege to become a homeowner. And I thank you for being able to make this dream a reality for my friend.”
Crystal Moore continued by thanking all of the many sponsors who have been long time donors to Comal County Habitat, and to those who donated directly to this family.
Sponsors for the home include McKenna Foundation, Wells Fargo, Tim Pate and Kathy Mulholland, Gordon and Virgina Hughes, Dan and Brenda Chapman, the City of New Braunfels, U.S. Department of HUD, Najim Family Foundation, FHL Bank Dallas, Lowes, BBVA Compass, Downtown Rotary Club of New Braunfels, La Cosecha, Comal County Women Build, CenterPoint Energy, Broadway Bank, and Comal County Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
Along with Comal County Habitat’s regular construction volunteers who worked over 1,000 hours on this project, there were also several volunteer groups who were an integral part of the building of this Habitat home. Those groups include Comal County Women Build, St. Peter & Pauls Men’s ACTS, New Braunfels Presbyterian Church, Tree of Life Church, Texas Army National Guard, Hope Hospice, NetWorth Realty of New Braunfels, Aflac Texas South Showtime Service Squad, Texas State ROTC, New Braunfels Rotary Club, Texas State University and Byron P. Steele II High School.
Benito took a few minutes to say thank you to all who were involved with this home build. “Thank you everybody for coming. I’m very excited that I have a home. Thank you for this opportunity for me and my family. I’m very happy because my life is changing.”
To end the program Pat and Becky Wiggins, who have employed Benito for the past 11 years at McAdoo’s Seafood Company in New Braunfels, handed a ceremonial key to the family. “We would like to thank all of Habitat for Humanity and all of the volunteers that have helped Benito with this house and all of the contributors that contributed to the house as well. We would like everybody to know that Benito started when we opened McAdoo's 11 ½ years ago and he’s a principal part of the McAdoo’s family. And Benito’s dependability and talent is unsurpassed by anybody else.” Pat closed his remarks thanking Benito for his continued hard work as an employee. “He gets there early in the morning and has prepped everything ready for the entire day, 5-6 days a week. He’s part of the McAdoo's family and we feel like we’ve built McAdoo’s around people like Benito. Congratulations and we really appreciate everything you've done for us.”
This home was Comal County Habitat’s 50th build since its incorporation in 1993. With the continued support of volunteers, sponsors, and donors Comal County Habitat is able to provide decent and affordable housing to this family and many others within the community.
To help Comal County Habitat for Humanity build more homes, please call (830) 625-4025 or visit www.comalhabitat.org.