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Fort Bend Habitat for Humanity to Hold Inaugural Fundraiser


Dedication of a Habitat for Humanity home.  Steve Pondell (left) and Paul Fontenot (second from right), from St Laurence Catholic Church, a sponsor for Fort Bend Habitat for Humanity, with new Habitat homeowner Elissa Haywood and her two sons.

Dedication of a Habitat for Humanity home. Steve Pondell (left) and Paul Fontenot (second from right), from St Laurence Catholic Church, a sponsor for Fort Bend Habitat for Humanity, with new Habitat homeowner Elissa Haywood and her two sons.

“Blueprints, Boots and BBQ” gala set for March 8 at Quail Valley Country Club

By Judy Latta

In Fort Bend County, more than 6 percent of residents are impoverished, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. Richmond has the highest poverty rate in the county with more than 21 percent of residents living below the poverty line. One of the major unfortunate consequences of severe financial hardship can be inadequate housing.

Where we live plays a significant role in our wellness, safety, security and even happiness. “When adequate housing protects individuals and families from harmful exposures and provides them with a sense of privacy, security, stability, and control, it can make important contributions to health,” reports the Robert Wood Johnson Commission to Build a Healthier America. “In contrast, poor quality and inadequate housing contributes to health problems such as infectious and chronic diseases, injuries, and poor childhood development.”

 

Habitat for Humanity Gala 

An ecumenical Christian ministry, Fort Bend Habitat for Humanity (FBHFH) is dedicated to fostering awareness of the county’s poverty problem and bringing donors and volunteers together to eradicate substandard housing in the area by building and repairing houses for low income families.

To support this mission, Fort Bend Habitat for Humanity will host its inaugural “Blueprints, Boots, and BBQ” fundraiser gala on Thursday, March 8 at Quail Valley Country Club, 2880 La Quinta Drive in Missouri City. Community members are invited to pull on their boots and favorite Texas semi-formal attire, and come out from 6-10 p.m. for dinner, drinks, a silent auction, raffles, testimonials and more. Admission for the gala is $100 per person. “This gala is an opportunity for Fort Bend Habitat for Humanity to affirm our mission in the community to ensure that everyone has a decent place to live,” says Edward Williams, president of the organization’s board of directors.

 

Gala Proceeds to Benefit Critical Programming

As with other nonprofits, donations are the lifeblood of Fort Bend Habitat for Humanity, but this year financial support is particularly crucial. “This has been an incredibly difficult year for the community in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey,” explains Sherwin Sun, the organization’s executive director. “Our newly launched disaster repair program assists low income homeowners with repairs to their homes caused by natural disasters.”

Additionally, proceeds from the gala will support the organization’s core programs to aid families who suffer chronically from a lack of adequate housing through new home construction and the repair of substandard homes. A lack of adequate housing can involve overcrowding or problems with a family’s home structure; water, electrical or sewage service system; or heating system.

Fort Bend Habitat for Humanity is currently developing one-and-a-half acres of land that was donated by the George Foundation to provide families in need with an affordable, decent place to live. Eligible families can apply for assistance

 

Fort Bend Habitat for Humanity (FBHFH) brings donors and volunteers together to build and repair houses for low income families.

Fort Bend Habitat for Humanity (FBHFH) brings donors and volunteers together to build and repair houses for low income families.

Fort Bend Habitat for Humanity staff celebrate at an October happy hour fundraiser at Veritas Steakhouse in Sugar Land to raise money for Hurricane Harvey flood recovery efforts and honor past board members. (L-R) Allan Grobe, construction manager; Jan Sadler-Gibbs, director of Operations; and Jackie Keasley, director of family services.

Fort Bend Habitat for Humanity staff celebrate at an October happy hour fundraiser at Veritas Steakhouse in Sugar Land to raise money for Hurricane Harvey flood recovery efforts and honor past board members. (L-R) Allan Grobe, construction manager; Jan Sadler-Gibbs, director of Operations; and Jackie Keasley, director of family services.

 

 

 

 


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