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32 Homes Built


30

Average number of volunteers working on a home any given weekend.

884
The number of homes built in our 37-year history
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  • New Sponsor-Family Highlight

    Meet our newest House Sponsors: Donald and Betty Child


    First heard of Habitat:  They learned about Habitat through their church – Christ Church. 

     

    Path to house sponsorship: While the Childs donated to Habitat over the course of the last 20 years they decided they wanted to personally make a major impact on a family.  They saved their money and funded the house for the Barba family.  Betty said, “It was our dream to help another family have a home.” They hope to help even more families in the future!

     

    Family:  The Childs have been married for 66 years! (If you meet them… ask to see the picture of them in front of the Old Route 66 sign.)  They raised two children and have two grandchildren and two great grandchildren. 

     

    How long they lived in own home:  They have been homeowners for 60 years.  Their hope is to bless the Barba family with this same gift.  

     

    Fun fact:  Betty taught at Kelly Elementary for 5 years in the early 1960s.  Kelly Elementary is right around the corner from the Barba’s new home and where their kids will attend school.


    Meet the Barba family

     

    First heard of Habitat: Oscar Barba and Jazmin Vazquez initially learned about Habitat’s homeownership program when they drove past a billboard about Habitat. Then, after hearing about the positive experience a family friend had when she became a Habitat homeowner, they gave it more thought and decided to apply.

     

    Path to homeownership: The Barba family no longer wants to throw money away renting something that doesn’t belong to them. They want to own their own home to establish stability for their growing family. They are excited about their children having their own yard to run, jump and play in without limitations.

     

    Family:  Oscar and Jazmin have been married for 7 years. They have two children (Santiago, age 6 and Matteo, age 4).

     

    What are they most looking forward to about their new home: The Barba family is excited and thankful for the opportunity to own their own affordable home. They plan to stay involved with Habitat beyond program completion to help other families fulfill their dreams of becoming homeowners as well.

     

    Fun fact:  Since getting accepted into Habitat’s homeownership program the Barba family has been blessed with another child on the way!

    Sponsorship opportunities are available to corporations, churches, civic and professional groups, and individuals. For more information about sponsorship levels and the corresponding benefits, please visit www.HabitatSA.org/Support/Sponsorship or call 210-223-5203 x157.

     

     

    L to R: The Barba Family; the Barba Family with Donald and Betty Child


     

    L to R: Jazmin Vazquez adds the final touches of paint to the exterior shutters; the Barba family Children (Santiago, age 6 and Matteo, age 4)

  • Habitat Home Center Celebrates 20 Year Anniversary

     

    Our first San Antonio Habitat Home Center located at 311 Probandt is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this April! 

    Since our opening in 1994 in the old Joske’s distribution center; the Home Center has been able to successfully acquire new and used building materials and home improvement merchandise in order to resell it to the public at significant savings over regular retail. All proceeds from sales in the Home Centers support Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio’s home building program.

    The resale of goods purchased from liquidators and closeout companies began in 1999, while in-kind donations from individuals and businesses continued. The store, originally opened on a part time basis and staffed by volunteers, is now open full time and staffed by paid employees.

    With sales exploding, our second store on Walzem Rd. was opened in early 2004 in a former Service Merchandise location followed by a third Home Center near Marbach and 410 in 2007 in a former Jo-Ann Fabrics.

    In order to continue growing and being an asset to the community, we invite you to shop and/or donate at any of our now 3 locations: 311 Probandt St., 5482 Walzem Rd., and 8125 Meadow Leaf Dr.

    You can always find plenty of new and used cabinets, doors, windows, furniture, paint sundries, interior/exterior lighting, area rugs, etc.

    Please consider any of our three Habitat Home Centers for your next home improvement purchase and/or donation of overstocked, outdated or gently used items including motorized vehicles.  All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Give us a call, don’t trash it all!

         

     


  • New 27-House Community in the Making

    Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio has kicked off construction on its newest community in District 5, Cornerstone Village.

     

    Located south of Highway 90, near General Hudnell, Cornerstone Village is a 27-lot community rising to eliminate blight and create much needed sustainable homes for low-income families in San Antonio.

     

    Directly behind SAISD’s Kelly Elementary School, the transformation of empty lots is visibly underway, as volunteers and sponsors work side-by-side with Habitat homeowners to tackle a variety of hands-on duties, including framing, roofing, tiling and painting.

     

    There will be a celebratory House Dedication Ceremony for the first 12 homes in this new community on April 5, while the completion of the Cornerstone Village project is scheduled for early August.

     

    Distinguished as the first U.S. partner affiliate in the United States, our organization remains among the top five largest producers of new Habitat homes in the country. We remain grassroots by nature and are trusted to be great stewards of donor dollars. Due to the success of our Home Centers (building materials thrift stores), 100% of every donor dollar goes directly to house building!

     

    This community in the making is possible thanks largely to uniting generous donations of time and funds from individuals, congregations, civic groups and corporations. With monthly mortgage payments averaging just $475 on a 0% interest, 20-year loan, Cornerstone Village will provide the long-term stability first-time homeowners can afford and the security necessary to plan their futures.

     

    For information on volunteer opportunities at Cornerstone Village, contact Clark in Volunteer Services at (210) 223-5203 x161 or volunteer@habitatsa.org.

     

     

    Volunteers at work on the roof of a home in Cornerstone VillageCornerstone Village
    Cornerstone Village

  • Shopping Event to Benefit HFHSA!

    Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio is thrilled to partner with Ten Thousand Villages at the Pearl Brewery for a community shopping event. 

    Stop by Ten Thousand Villages at the Pearl Brewery this Thursday, December 5, from 4-8PM, and 15% of sales made during the event will be donated to Habitat's home building program. This is a great opportunity to do some holiday shopping while supporting our mission and their worldwide artisans!

    We hope to see you there!


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    Invite your friends & come Christmas shopping at our
    late night community shopping event.
    15% of the proceeds will support
    Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio.
    Come see the lights at the Pearl and
    enjoy a meal with friends and family.


    Late Night Community Shopping Event

    Thursday, December 5
    4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio, Inc. (HFHSA) is an ecumenical Christian non-profit housing organization working in partnership with God's people in need to build simple, decent and affordable houses without interest or profit, thereby witnessing God's love in action.

    We work with very low-income families whose total income is generally 25% - 60% of the area median income. Families are accepted to the Habitat program based on their need, ability to pay a 0% interest mortgage, and their willingness to partner. Applicants must be residents of Bexar County. Families spend a minimum of 300 hours investing in "sweat equity" where they support and help build their own house and that of their neighbors. Monthly mortgage payments average $400 to $450.

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HFHSA operates the Habitat Home Centers located at 311 Probandt, 5482 Walzem and 8125 Meadow Leaf.

The Habitat Home Centers are home improvement thrift stores that sell both new and used home improvement materials to the public. All proceeds from sales in these stores benefit Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio.

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