This month, Habitat Texas is proud to highlight the successes of Longview Habitat for Humanity.

Longview Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1985, currently serving the city of Longview. Since then, the affiliate has built 96 new or recycled homes to serve the people of Longview. From 1985-2012, Longview Habitat focused on new home construction building 3 to 4 homes per year. In 2013-2015, they took a different approach launching an aggressive campaign to expand all programming to include critical home repairs, Brush with Kindness, and a Restore. The expansion in programming has allowed Longview Habitat the opportunity to partner with more than 210 additional families in the last four years!

Longview Habitat is not stopping there. Their affiliate is committed to supporting their sister agencies and state affiliates in its goals. Longview Habitat participates in Habitat Texas sponsored activities including webinars, conferences, retreats, and trainings. La Juan Hollis, Executive Director of Longview Habitat for Humanity, will present at the upcoming Habitat Texas Policy and Procedures Webinar for Small and Rural Affiliates this Friday, December 8 at 10:00am.  Additionally, La Juan serves on the state advocacy committee, Collaborative Development Advisory Committee, host and participate in Regional Leadership Meeting, and mentors neighboring affiliate leaders.

Recently La Juan instituted the Gratitude Project to express moments of gratitude and encouragement to the people who make Longview Habitat a success. “In our industry”, La Juan states, “we are very careful to express our deep appreciation to our donors, volunteers, partners and funders. However; we often neglect those that are in the trenches with us, make the daily service delivery possible, those that create a happy workplace- our coworkers. These folks just quietly get the work done, and jump in to help each other when the load gets heavy.”  The Gratitude Project is five minutes, quarterly, during leadership meetings that they stop to say thank you, recognize achievements personally and professionally or just encourage and motivate each other. These expressions can consist of a handwritten note to coworkers, a small gift, presenting a devotional, a motivational video clip, a prayer or even a home cooked meal. “It has made an amazing difference in co-worker relationships and organizational morale.”