This month we are showcasing Guadalupe Valley Habitat for Humanity!
Guadalupe Valley Habitat for Humanity is a small volunteer-run affiliate and they have been doing a lot for their community. Since their founding in 1993, they have built 27 homes, averaging 2 home builds a year, and over the past year, they have been working hard to grow their impact.
Guadalupe Valley is taking a big step for their affiliate by opening a position for what will be their first hired employee, a store manager! When asked why this new position is important, they stated “our volunteers, while still passionate, are getting fatigued, and hiring a store manager will bring new needed energy to our affiliate.” The addition of a store manager will bring a lot of relief to their team and they are very thrilled to begin the search.
Additionally, Guadalupe Valley is growing by working on change through board representation. They serve Sanguine, Texas whose population is approximately 60% Hispanic, but their current board doesn’t reflect the community’s population proportions. Guadalupe Valley is actively taking steps to move to more diverse and representative leadership by recruiting in their community and engaging with varying groups to find leadership talent.
Amongst all this growth, Guadalupe Valley celebrated their 25th year anniversary last month! They celebrated the occasion with a gala hosting 120 people who made a huge impact by raising $13,000 for the affiliate. At the gala, Guadalupe Valley announced that their sister affiliate in Tamaulipas, Mexico has been able to build 27 houses since they began partnering in 2002. This means for every house that Guadalupe Valley has built themselves, a house has been built in Mexico, exemplifying the impact Texas affiliates can have.
Thank you Guadalupe Valley Habitat for Humanity for all you are doing for your community and to better the lives of others through safe, affordable and decent housing!
Fun fact: Millard Fuller, founder of Habitat for Humanity, participated in a house dedication of theirs.