On May 2 Dow Chemical Company employees and Golden Crescent Habitat for Humanity will begin building the next Habitat home. At 8 a.m. that day, Dow employees and community members will gather to ceremoniously raise the first wall on the house, located at 3608 Swan Dr. Once the ceremony is complete, the Dow volunteers will begin working on the house.
The three-bedroom house will be built for Lisa, her two daughters La’Kerria and La’Kyle, and La’Kerria’s baby Zaylee. Dow employees will volunteers will build on the house throughout the first week and then Saturdays and Monday through June. During the hot summer months, volunteer opportunities are limited, but work will pick back up in September until expected completion of the house in October.
“We’ve been a community member here in the Victoria area for over 75 years and we’re proud to sponsor this Habitat home for a neighbor,” said Gabriella Cone, Dow Seadrift Operations Community Relations Manager. “It’s a pleasure for us to not only contribute funds and employee volunteers to help make this project possible, but also the products that will reduce energy consumption, helping make this home more affordable for a family in our community.”
This will be the fifth Habitat home Dow has sponsored in Victoria. Dow sponsored and built the first Habitat house in Swan Crossing in 2010, and now they are doing the same with the last Habitat house in Swan Crossing, said Cynthia Staley, executive director of Golden Crescent Habitat for Humanity.
“Dow employees and retirees are among Habitat’s most faithful volunteers throughout the year,” she said. “Their knowledge and skills contribute significantly to Habitat’s mission of building homes, communities and hope.”
After this house, Habitat will begin building in its new neighborhood, Koinonia. The new neighborhood is located on Arroyo Drive, between Mesquite Lane and Airline Rd.
For 33 years, Dow has provided ongoing support of Habitat’s global mission to create affordable housing through its donation of energy-efficient home insulation solutions, extensive employee volunteerism and financial contributions. During this time, Dow products or funding have supported the construction or renovation of more than 49,000 homes in 30 countries. Dow also is working with Habitat by serving as a subject matter expert in energy efficiency and conservation in the construction of houses, and Dow employees support Habitat by committing their professional expertise as Habitat volunteers.
Habitat homes are sold to the partner families using a 0 percent, 30-year mortgage. To qualify, homeowners must earn 35-60 percent of the median income; have lived in DeWitt, Goliad, Jackson, Lavaca or Victoria counties for the past 12 months; have a demonstrated need for housing; and agree to work 300 hours per adult who will reside in the completed home on their home or other Habitat projects.
About Golden Crescent Habitat for Humanity
Golden Crescent Habitat for Humanity, an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity, International, is a nonprofit ecumenical ministry that helps build simple, decent, affordable homes for people in need. It serves DeWitt, Goliad, Jackson, Lavaca and Victoria counties. The Habitat affiliate was founded in 1994 and completed its first home in 1996. In the past 22 years, Habitat has built 98 homes that provide a roof over the heads of more than 350 people. For more information, visit www.goldencrescenthabitat.org.
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