Habitat Texas January 2018 Highlight: Habitat for Humanity of the Rio Grande Valley

This month, Habitat Texas is proud to highlight Habitat for Humanity of the Rio Grande Valley!

Habitat for Humanity of the Rio Grande Valley serves per capita one of the poorest regions in the nation which makes its service critical and challenging. Habitat Rio Grande Valley has been able to surpass financial hardships and has been able to build 12 new homes for deserving families every year for the past 3 years, when previously they had been building 3 ½ homes per year. Wayne Lowry, Executive Director, says Habitat Rio Grande Valley found success when the team felt empowered and he got out of their way and let them succeed.

In the past 18 months, Habitat for Humanity of the Rio Grande Valley initiated their Aging in Place program which has already completed 106 home modifications including ramps, bathroom alterations, and more to assist seniors to stay in their for an extra 3-5 years!

At Habitat Rio Grande Valley the good news just keeps on rolling! On July 17, 2017 Habitat Rio Grande Valley entered into contract to purchase the former Zarsky Lumbar Yard & Warehouse located in Harlington, TX. They are working to transform the warehouse into a full service construction yard allowing them to better serve Cameron and Willacy counties and saving them an estimated $44,650 per year. That’s enough savings to build an additional house!

This past August, Hurricane Harvey devastated the Gulf Coast and 17 sister Habitats. Habitat Rio Grande Valley stepped up for its sister Habitats in Victoria, Beaumont, and Corpus Christi and delivered 223 pallet of Hurricane relief. Additionally, they secured and delivered a donation of tools to their Houston sister Habitat. Thank you Habitat for Humanity of the Rio Grande Valley for dedicating yourselves to the communities you serve and the communities your sister Habitats serve!

Fun Facts! Habitat for Humanity of the Rio Grande Valley invented the mascot Hammy the Hammer. Hammy is requested for parades and civic events and is a must have at all things Habitat! Their program director, Eriderto Orta, remembers building his own house with another housing nonprofit which led him to the construction field which then lead him to Habitat Rio Grande Valley  4 years ago!