LUBBOCK, Texas (PRESS RELEASE) — The following is a press release from Lubbock Habitat for Humanity:
Lubbock Habitat for Humanity will conduct a Home Dedication Ceremony this Saturday, September 4th at 3 p.m. at 404 N. Guava. Raider Red will be on hand for this event, along with homeowner Tamarsha Stevenson, her family and church, and volunteers who helped build the home.
LISD construction students did the initial work on this home at the Byron Martin Advanced Technology Center as part of their CTE program. Stevenson will close on the home the week after the dedication and Hart Moving and Storage has donated a free move for the new Habitat homeowner.
The Home Dedication will get Habitat supporters excited to officially kick off the 2021 Blitz Build on Labor Day morning.
The 2021 Blitz Build Kickoff will take place at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, September 6th at 404 North Guava. Hundreds of volunteers from across the entire Lubbock community will converge on the Habitat construction site starting Monday morning to build three new Habitat houses in thirteen days. The Blitz will continue from Labor Day through September 18th with volunteers working morning and afternoon shifts every day.
Lubbock Habitat Executive Director Christy Reeves says, “We brought the Blitz Build back last year as an annual event and built two houses in ten days. This year we are building three houses, and the support from donors and volunteers has been incredible. We still need folks who are 18 and up to sign up and help make this happen.”
Each of the three houses has a theme. There will be a Women’s Build, a Student Build for college students, and an Apostle’s Church Build. Volunteers can select which house they want to work on when they arrive each day. All of the construction costs have been funded by local companies, foundations, and churches. In kind donations of flooring, roofing, and brick have also helped Habitat. In response to the recent lumber crisis, a company that just came to Lubbock, Rhodes USA, is helping Habitat build steel framed affordable houses for the first time. Rhodes USA donated the framing for an entire house, and volunteers have been assembling the frames at the Rhodes headquarters for weeks.
Reeves says,”We are so grateful to Rhodes USA for helping us find a way around the lumber issues this year. This innovative approach to residential building has our volunteers and construction team very excited and ready to learn how to build steel framed houses for the first time. This Blitz will be an amazing adventure.”
Three homeowners have been selected to live in these Blitz houses and will be out working on the homes periodically during the thirteen day event. Habitat homeowners are required to perform “sweat equity” hours by doing construction and attending homeowner education classes. These classes focus on financial literacy and other pertinent topics. Once the houses and the homeowner hours are completed, these individuals close on the home and pay Lubbock Habitat a no interest affordable mortgage. Lubbock Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical, non profit, Christian based ministry that provides a hand up, not a hand out.
Any individual, employee group, or organization that wants to volunteer, can sign up today at lubbockhabitat.org. No construction skills are required. All volunteers receive a free t-shirt. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are provided, thanks to generous donations from many food sponsors.
(Press release from Lubbock Habitat for Humanity)