November 01, 2019
Pictured above: Stephenie and her son, Nicholas, are presented their "key" by Habitat Home Sponsors Tim Pate and Kathy Mulholland.
On Monday, October 7th, our community gathered around Habitat homeowner Stephenie and her son Nicholas to welcome them to their newly finished home in celebration of World Habitat Day. The evening began with Comal County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Crystal Moore explaining the significance of World Habitat Day.
“More than 30 years ago, the United Nations general assembly took an important step in promoting the idea that everyone deserves a decent place to live by declaring the first Monday of October to be World Habitat Day. Today is World Habitat Day,” Moore said.
“Families all across the United States are paying too high a price for the cost of their home. Rent and homeownership costs are skyrocketing while wages are not keeping pace. Far too often, families struggle to make ends meet. Everywhere you look – cities, suburbs, rural areas, and right here in Comal County, the stability that home should bring remains out of reach for too many families,” Moore added.
“Habitat is committed to mobilizing our partners, volunteers and community members across our county to find the solutions and help create the policies that will allow our families and our community to meet their needs,” Moore added. “Comal County Habitat for Humanity asks everyone to join together as one global network in communicating the message that every one of us deserves the opportunity for a better future, and that a decent place to live can remove boundaries and barriers to opportunities, health and success that might have been a part of a family’s life for years, and in most cases, generations.”
Following Moore’s explanation of World Habitat Day, major home sponsor Wells Fargo representative Holly Hayes addressed community members in attendance to explain the dedication.
“The dedication ceremony gives Habitat a chance to thank the many people from our community who help make the construction of each new home a success,” said Hayes. “Donors, volunteers, board members, committee members, staff and our local community all work together to help carry out the mission of Habitat for Humanity – building affordable and decent housing. Most importantly, the ceremony is a celebration of the hard work and determination of this deserving family who is realizing the dream of homeownership.”
Communications Manager Alan Rubiola took a moment to recognize some of the members of our community that helped build Stephenie’s home.
“All of our sponsors are different in what they do and who they are, but what they all share is that they all believe that everyone deserves a decent place to live,” Rubiola said.
“I wanted to take a moment to thank our major sponsors: Tim Pate and Kathy Mulholland, The McKenna Foundation, Wells Fargo, Comal County Women Build, the Hot Rodders for Humanity crew and our Big Give donors. And to everyone who has donated towards Stephenie’s home… I would like to say thank you. We would not be able to build homes, communities and hope without your support,” Rubiola added.
The evening came to a close with an emotional speech from Habitat homeowner Stephenie.
“Everyone here has been a part of our journey with Habitat for Humanity in one way or another, so you all know that my biggest prayer is to have a home. 17 years ago when God blessed my life with Nicholas, I knew I had to do whatever it took to be the best mother he deserved. I always had to paddle extra hard to stay above water and it’s been a long road and a lot of hard work. It was 2 years ago when we got accepted into (Comal County Habitat for Humanity’s program). And I feel for the first time in my life that all of my hard work has paid off. Today I can say that God has answered our prayers. In the beginning of our journey, Habitat asked me what my definition of “home” is, and I said to flourish – (defined as) ‘a person to grow in a healthy way as a result of a particular environment.’ And in this home, Nicholas and I will flourish,” Stephenie said.
“I don’t think I have ever worked so hard in one summer, but we made it. In our new home, there will be rest. I couldn’t be more thankful and ready for this new chapter in our lives,” said Stephenie.
Comal County Habitat for Humanity’s mission is to build safe, decent and affordable homes in partnership with deserving, low-income families. With the help of the community, these future homeowners build their own Habitat homes and upon completion, buy the home from Comal County Habitat for Humanity at a low-cost, long term affordable mortgage. If you or anyone you know is interested in partnering with Comal County Habitat to purchase a home, please visit www.comalhabitat.org/homeownership or call (830) 625-4025 for more information.