Jones House Dedication

Sammy Jones, Habitat Homeowner and US Army veteran.

On Sunday afternoon, Habitat for Humanity of Jefferson County welcomed another new homeowner, Sammy Jones.

Sammy, who is a Vietnam veteran and beloved member of the Charlton-Pollard neighborhood association, applied for assistance with storm damage to his roof.

When Habitat construction staff did the assessment, they all agreed that the home needed to be demolished and rebuilt from scratch. This raised issues, as the lot was narrow and required a shotgun floor plan that was not a normal Habitat build.

After some research, the construction staff realized that a duplex built for Ft Hood Habitat could be halved and used as the floor plan for a shotgun house with a single inhabitant. Then the fundraising began. Sammy, 81, would not be expected to repay a mortgage, the affiliate needed to find the funding to build a whole new home.

And that’s when the magic started to happen.

Funds from the Justin J. Watt Foundation to support disaster recovery from Hurricane Harvey were made available to Habitat. Wells Fargo bank provided funding for the project and sent a team of volunteers out to work on the build. The American Red Cross provided funding and support. ExxonMobil, whose plant is just down the street from Sammy, also donated funds for the rebuild.

Electricians from IBEW Local 479 who volunteered their labor on Sammy’s home.

The local electrician’s union had members volunteer to do the electrical work on the Veterans Build project, Habitat only had to purchase the materials. Electricians from Forcier Electric, Gulf Coast Electric, Jefferson Electric, Ryan’s Electric all volunteered their labor. Summit Electrical Supply provided supplies and fixtures at a reduced rate.

Colleen Finn Ridenhour dedicating the home in honor of her deceased father, John J. Finn.

In addition to these funders, Habitat for Humanity International gave Veterans Build funds in honor of John J. Finn, the father of Colleen Finn Ridenhour, Senior Vice President of Development.

Sammy Jones, smiling in his rocking chair.

She was on hand for the dedication and presented Sammy with a plaque commemorating her late father, who was also a veteran of the US Army. She also presented Sammy with a special gift from her mother, wife of John J. Finn. Mrs. Finn gave Sammy a US Army rocking chair for his front porch.

Sammy took a much deserved rest while the crowd was touring his new home. He said the rocking chair was going to be fine for enjoying the evening air.

Cathy Caldwell, Spindletop Stitchers presenting sampler to Sammy Jones.

In addition to the chair, Sammy also received a handmade cross-stitch sampler compliments of the Spindletop Stitchers, a chapter of the Embroiderer’s Guild of America. Ms. Cathy Caldwell was on hand to present the framed wall hanging. Ms. Helena Carter gave Sammy a large framed picture of himself taken during one of the work days, so he can remember the build and all his hard work alongside the volunteers.

Alex Parker, Habitat Project Lead for this Veterans Build, presented Sammy with a flag flown in Afghanistan by the combat unit that Sammy served in while deployed in Vietnam. This flag was flown in combat in honor of Sammy, and then returned to the states so that Alex could present it for Sammy to fly on special occasions.

Chuck Eberth of the Southeast Texas Veterans Service Group.

Sammy Jones, as a Veteran with honorable service, was honored with a flag ceremony by the Southeast Texas Veterans Service Group. Chuck Eberth, USCG retired, addressed the audience and participated in the flag raising ceremony. His group was thrilled to be asked to honor Sammy. Chuck said, “we do a lot of funerals, it’s nice to honor the living.”

Captain Jim Nowatne, US Army retired.

The house and its occupant were blessed by Captain Jim Nowatne, a retired Coast Guard chaplain with the Southeast Texas Veterans Service Group.

After the home blessing, the audience was invited to tour the home. Sammy proudly showed off his new place to his friends and family who attended the Home Dedication ceremony. Many of his neighbors volunteered on the build and were thrilled to share stories of what parts of the home they helped to construct.

As soon as the final occupancy inspection is completed by the city, Sammy will be able to move into his new home.

Glasper House Dedication

Joe Evans, Board President

On Sunday, March 3rd, Habitat for Humanity of Jefferson County dedicated a new home for the Glasper family. Board of Directors President Joe Evans welcomed the crowd of friends and family and thanked everyone for their contribution to helping the Glasper family attain their dream of home ownership.

The Glasper family was introduced by Liz Courville, Family Services Director. Liz congratulated LaToya and presented her with a key to her new home.

Pastor Malveaux

LaToya Glasper’s pastor and uncle, the reverend Roy L. Malveaux, performed the house blessing, leading the assembled friends and family in prayer for protection and blessing on the home and its occupants.

Cathy Caldwell of the Spindletop Stitchers, a chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America, presented LaToya with a handmade sampler commemorating her new home.

Cathy Caldwell and LaToya Glasper

Fall Luncheon 2018

The Fall Luncheon fundraiser was held at the Beaumont Country Club on November 8th.  Mayor Becky Ames was the guest speaker and she gave a ‘state of the city’ speech that covered all the repairs, improvements and plans the city has scheduled in the future.  She was introduced by Kyle Hayes, Beaumont City Manager.

Our Master of Ceremonies was Kevin Steele of Channel 12 who graciously Awards were presented to our volunteers, businesses, and church organizations who helped make this past year a total success for Habitat.

 A special volunteer award was presented to Walt Snider for his long time legal support of HFHOJC.  Walt was unable to attend; however, his pastor accepted the award for him.

Helena Carter received a plaque for her tremendous volunteer work with the agency.  Miss Helena spent over 1,000 volunteer hours with Habitat last year.  We can always count on her to help out during Collegiate Challenge, Women Build, World Habitat Day and normal Saturday builds.  She worked tirelessly on this Luncheon and arranged all the flowers on the tables at this event.

Also receiving an award was Dr. Bert Wagner, who has done a great deal of maintenance work for the affiliate.  Bert spent months painting the office, fixing overhead light fixtures and replacing all the drop ceiling tiles.  We truly appreciate the work he did to make our office space into an updated environment.

M&D Supply, represented by Scott Hatcher, received recognition for their ongoing material support of the affiliate.  M&D consistently donates materials to the ReStore and this year, they went above and beyond!  We got a new forklift and a double door dolly donated by M&D.  The professionals at M&D Supply ensure that our ReStore is safely equipped to serve the needs of Jefferson County.  The ReStore truly owes its profitability to the largess of M&D.

Veteran Build

In December of 2018, Habitat for Humanity of Jefferson County broke ground on a rebuild of a home for Sammy Jones of the Charlton Pollard neighborhood. This rebuild was made possible by the generous donations of Wells Fargo, the American Red Cross and ExxonMobil.

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Collegiate Challenge

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