Hammer & Nails
October 2000 - February 2001
House #12 Dedicated
home #12 in Hood County was dedicated on December 17, 2000. This
is the home of Lucio, Beatriz, Frank, David, Inez and Trini Gamez.
Because of the family's special circumstances, this home was chosen
as a special Christmas Outreach Project by Good Shepherd Episcopal
Church and St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church. Organizations (including
the ECW at Good Shepherd,l the Knights of Columbus and the St. Frances
Ladies Guild and Renew Group of St. Frances Cabrini) and members
of these two churches were joined by many more Habitat
volunteers and supporters in a "show of love", as they
provided furniture and other household items for the Gamez family's
new home. Due to complications, as of January 10, the septic system
was still under construction. We hope that by the time you receive
your newsletter, it will be complete and the family will be enjoying
all the comforts of their beautiful new home.
Thanks to Fr. Edward Kresowaty of Good Shepherd
Episcopal Church, Fr. Juan Rivero of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic
Church and the many individuals who participated in the home dedication
A list of volunteers and businesses which participated
in the building of House #12 is included on the Contributors
page of this Web site.
House #13 Construction Underway
The slab was poured over the holidays for House
#13, the home of Steve and Linda Wilson. Pre-build was scheduled
for January 10, but the rain prevented any real progress that day.
We are hoping for a few rainless days soon, so that we can frame
the house and begin working in the "dry". Then, we will
be glad to have some more rain to make up for the last few years
The 13th House will again be in Rancho Brazos at
3309 Tumbleweed Dr., near the other Habitat homes. As in the past,
we will build on Wednesday and Saturday of each week, beginning
around 9:00 a.m. If you are not familiar with the Rancho Brazos
development, you can reach it from Granbury by taking Highway 4
toward Acton. From High 4, turn right on Davis Road, left on Sundown
Trail, then right on Tumbleweed Drive. You will recognize the Habitat
homes by their neat, new appearance, and the building activity across
the street from them.
Howard Hayre will be Construction Coordinator for
House #13; Wednesday Crew Chiefs are Tom Christopherson and Stan
Wied; Saturday Crew Chiefs are Ray Fishencord, Ronald Barrrett,
and Sue Ellen Fry; Bill Jackson will be a back-up, in case others
Community Bank Matching Funds Campaign
For the fifth year in a row, Community Bank is
matching contributions to Habitat for Humanity. This matching campaign
began November 15, 2000 and is scheduled to end on January 31, 2001.
In past years, the program generated the funds for two Habitat homes
each year-one from contributors in the area, and one from Community
To donate, we request you send it directly to Habitat,
and we will make sure it gets to Community Bank. The goal is to
again raise enough to fund construction of at least two homes.
Because this matching campaign began November 15,
we have already received many donations from both new and previous
supporters. If you were not aware of the program, or just haven't
found time to send in your donations, now is the time!
For your convenience, a contribution form is available
on the Contribute page of this Web site. Just print the form, fill
it out and mail it with your check to Habitat for Humanity Hood
County (the address is provided on the form). Although, if you prefer,
you may take your contribution directly to Community Bank.
Thank you for your support in the past. God willing,
we will continue to move toward Habitat's goal of eliminating poverty
housing throughout the world.
If you've been receiving this Hammer and Nails
newsletter for a while, you are probably aware that we spent many
months looking for land and construction volunteers for a house
we were planning to build in Lipan, Texas
At that time, a family from Lipan had been selected
to partner with us in the building of a Habitat home. It is our
preference not to require a family to relocate from one town
to another, if other options are available, as it might require
changes in jobs or schools. We received an enthusiastic response
from a number of churches and individuals in Lipan about helping
to build a Habitat home there. We were still exploring possibilities
for acquiring land in Lipan when the selected family withdraw their
request. We are pleased that the family's circumstances have improved
greatly and that they now have adequate housing.
We appreciate the expression of interest form the
Lipan community. Perhaps we will have a family from Lipan again
at some point in the future. Until then, remember that we are still
building homes in Hood County, and we could use your assistance
in building in Rancho Brazos.
Donating to Habitat by Electronic Transfer Funds
Several individuals currently donate monthly to
Habitat by electronic transfer funds, from their bank account, directly
into a Habitat account. We are delighted to receive funds in this
manner, as it provides a dependable source of income that we can
plan on--month after month. There's only one problem: while we can
"see" the transfers being made each month (they appear
as deposits in our accounts), we don't know who is sending the money,
and we have not been including those individuals on the list of
donors in our newsletter, nor have we been acknowledging the contributions.
Apparently, various privacy laws in effect prohibit banks from giving
out names of persons making such transfers, even to the organization
receiving it. We think we have obtained the names of all
of our "electronic donors", but we aren't absolutely certain.
If you are donating to habitat through electronic
funds transfer, please check the list of names in the Hammer and
Nails newsletter, and if your name is not listed, please call Sallye
Vela at 817-279-0113 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is important to us that we know who our donors are. And if you
need a donation receipt for income tax purposes, you may call or
Three New Families Selected
At the September 14, 2000 Board of Directors meeting,
three additional families were selected. These will be the families
for houses #14, #15 and #16. Some of these families have already
begun working on site to earn their sweat equity. Habitat volunteers
look forward to working with these new partner families
Habitat tries to select families at least three
to six months before construction begins on their home, and tries
not to make selections of families more than one year before construction
on their home begins. We believe these time frames give the family
time to earn their sweat equity, but not so long before that the
family becomes discouraged by the length of time it takes. We also
recognize that family situations change, and some families decide
to seek other avenues for adequate shelter.
When additional families are needed, the community
will be notified by the local newspaper, local churches, www.habitatofhoodcounty.org
Web site and the Habitat for Humanity of Hood County newsletter
so that interested and qualified families may submit applications.
New Chairperson for PR & Fund Raising Committee
The Public Relations and Fund Raising Committee
has been "leaderless" for quite some time, but they now
have a Chariperson--Noni Meaney. The Committee has been planning
some exciting new projects to raise money for our building program.
The committee has the task of raising sufficient funds to construct
3-4 houses each year. The Community Bank Matching Funds Campaign
has been providing funds for two homes a year, but that still leaves
a funding gap to be filled in from other sources.
If you would like to participate in the public
relations or fund raising work of this committee, pleas call Noni
at 817-573-5651. Thank you, Noni, for assuming this important
Penny Drive Planned in GISD Schools
On January 10, 2001, members of the PR & Fund
Raising Committee met with Granbury Independent School District
Principals to discuss a proposed fund raising drive. If you are
a teacher, or if you have children in GISD, watch for more information
on the details of this event. The Penny Drive is currently scheduled
for February, and will not only raise funds for Habitat, but will
increase awareness of Habitat's mission among school children and
Habitat Now Has a College!
Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) and Sterling
College (Sterling, KS) announced in early September the formation
of a new partnership to train future generations of HFHI leaders.
This venture designates Sterling College as the pilot "Habitat
for Humanity College".
Beginning with the Fall 2001 academic year, up
to 25 Habitat for Humanity Fellows will be named by Sterling College
each year and full-tuition scholarships provided to each Fellow
for four years. The students will enroll and complete a course of
study developed with assistance from HFHI. Sterling and HFHI will
together invite and encourage each Habitat Regional and National
office and affiliate to nominate high school students or adult reentry
students for the Fellowship Program.
Interested students or nominators are encouraged
to contact Sterling College for more information at 800-346-1017,
ext 466. The deadline for nominations for the 2001 school year is
February 1, but recommendations of promising students for future
classes are appropriate at any time.
Two Grants Approved for Habitat
Within the last few months, Habitat for Humanity
of Hood County received approval for two grants--one from the Federal
Home Loan Bank and one from the Department of Housing and Urban
Development (HUD), through Habitat for Humanity International.
But wait! Habitat can't take grants from the government
to build houses! That's right--but:
- The Federal Home Loan Bank grant money is not federal
money. It actually comes from individual banks, and is not tax
money. Heritage National Bank in Granbury is our sponsor for this
grant. It provides a small subsidy for each house we build this
year, up to four houses, and reduces the principal of the loan
for each of the families of those houses. It is approximately
the same amount we received for the first 12 homes. The next time
you see Frank Kimmel or any of the other nice people at Heritage,
please thank them for doing this for Habitat.
- The grant from HUD won't be used for construction of houses,
but for infrastructure (to purchase some lots and install septic
systems). It will not be used in building the actual house. That
is acceptable under Habitat International's guidelines. It's not
a huge sum of money, but every little bit helps. 25% of the grant
amount has to be repaid to Habitat International; 75% is free.