July 9, 2020

Summer 2012 Newsletter

Summer 2012 Newsletter

President’s Corner

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Rockwall Habitat for Humanity, we thank all the volunteers who have worked diligently during the beginning of this year to get our current home build off to a great start. Construction on the house at 304 East Ross in Rockwall is continuing at a fabulous rate, and the plans for pouring the slab at 302 East Ross are being finalized.

At our April board meeting, Steve Wood was elected to the Board as our new Construction Director. Steve’s knowledge of the construction process along with his instructional abilities and easy demeanor will benefit our efforts towards providing affordable housing to families in need. We are looking for individuals interested in joining the board of directors as we need to fill a couple of positions that will be coming open in the very near future. If you are interested in filling either the Volunteer Coordinator or Family Nurturer positions please feel free to contact any board member to learn more about these two opportunities.

I would like to thank everyone associated with Rockwall Habitat for Humanity and want to remind you that we are not only helping a family with each house we build, but a neighborhood and community as well.

Thank you.

John Coté


Our Current House Half Way Done

Great progress has been made on the current Habitat house at 304 Ross Street.  We’ve had a great turn out each Saturday with between 15 to 25 volunteers, including RISD students bringing meals & volunteering on Students Serving Others Day.


Our Next Habitat Family Selected

We are very proud to announce that Marvin and Jackelin Villalobos are our next recipient of a Habitat for Humanity home. Their new address will be 302 East Ross Ave. Rockwall TX 75087.

The Villalobos have three children:

Bethany Zepeda, 12 year’s old

Marvin Joel 7 years old

Daysi 6 years old

The Villalobos home will begin construction in the late summer of 2012 and be completed by the end of 2012. The entire family has visited with the current family and are very excited about this opportunity. Jacquelin has asked for a letter to help raise funds for Rockwall’s Habitat for Humanity chapter. She feels blessed that her prayers have been answered and wants to “give back” to the organization that has helped her.

Marvin is a former employee of the Rockwall Independent School District. He is now retired due to his health. Jackelin is one of the cheerful co-workers at In-N-Out Burger. The school district, the restaurant and their church, Cornerstone Rockwall Church and Lake Pointe Church are very supportive of this family.


A Few Updates to the Board

In the last couple of months a few changes have been made on the board. Our new board members include:

President – John Coté…John has been a volunteer of Habitat for Humanity for over 5 years and was previously the Construction Director for the organization. John is a retired naval officer currently working for the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

 Construction Director – Steve Wood…Steve has also been a Habitat for Humanity volunteer for over 5 years. While his career is in the Information Technology industry he grew up around construction, making it a true passion of his. Steve currently works for the Hewlett Packard Corporation.


New Board Changes

Rockwall Habitat Announces Board Changes

Rockwall Area Habitat for Humanity has announced changes in its all-volunteer board. President Wendy Buford reported that while we will be sorry to lose Construction Director, Greg Caffarel, Family Selection Director Jim Burzynski, Treasurer Scott Christensen, Architectural Director Bob Shaw, and Secretary Mary Alice Caffarel, we are grateful for their years of service without which we would not have been able to achieve what we have achieved. Please join us in expressing many thanks to them.


We are pleased that the following volunteers have agreed to join the board of Directors:

Construction Director  –  John Cote

Family Selection Director  –  Connie Jackson

Secretary  –  Janice Revels

Treasurer  –  Rhonda Smith and Nancy Barnett


Also recently added to the board were Dan Demeyer – Architectural, Calleigh Mentzer-Tootle  –  Designer, Jeremy Webb and Eric Burress – Fund Raising Co-Directors, Terry Campbell – Family Nurturer.

Rockwall Area Habitat for Humanity will be starting a new house in early January. We can always use volunteers for the construction process on Saturdays and for the Board. Contact us for more information.

World Habitat Day

Rockwall Habitat for Humanity joins worldwide celebration of 500,000th/500,001st milestone houses as part of World Habitat Day events on Oct. 3

Habitat for Humanity will mark a major milestone Oct. 3 when it dedicates its 500,000th house in Maai Mahiu, Kenya, and begins construction on its 500,001st house in Paterson, N.J. Volunteers and homeowners from Rockwall Habitat for Humanity will join in celebrating the milestones as part of events being held worldwide to mark World Habitat Day.

Rockwall Habitat for Humanity is among the more than 2,300 Habitat affiliates worldwide that have made this milestone possible, having built nearly 30 houses since its founding.

“Our current house is nearly finished on Peter’s Colony and will be dedicated very soon.  We have been very blessed to have Manhattan Construction as a partner on this build providing not only much needed tools and other supplies, but also volunteering of their time on numerous occasions and jobs.” From Wendy Buford, Rockwall Habitat for Humanity President.

The milestone houses represent the steady increase in Habitat for Humanity’s scale and scope to help more families in need of decent, affordable housing. In 2005, Habitat celebrated its 200,000th house. Six years later, Habitat for Humanity has more than doubled that number through new, rehabilitated, repaired and improved homes.

“It is a testament to the power of what God can do when people come together to build homes, communities and hope,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “I am so grateful to all of the volunteers, donors and advocates who share our vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.”

In Kenya, Habitat for Humanity will complete the 500,000th house on Oct. 3 in partnership with families who were displaced after post-election violence erupted in the country in late 2007.  That same day, volunteers will raise the walls on Habitat’s 500,001st house in Paterson, N.J. The house will be built in one of the inner-city neighborhoods where Paterson Habitat for Humanity has been continuously building since 1984.

Habitat for Humanity is a worldwide organization that operates in nearly 80 countries, including all 50 states in the United States, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico. Thanks to Habitat for Humanity’s help, a family somewhere in the world improves its housing situation every 7 minutes of every hour of every day of the year. In 2010, Habitat for Humanity served a record 74,960 families in need.

Top 6 Homebulder in U.S.

Habitat for Humanity ranks No. 6 among largest homebuilders in the U.S.

Rockwall, TX (June 28, 2011) Rockwall Habitat for Humanity’s work to provide affordable housing in Rockwall has helped Habitat for Humanity International rank as the sixth largest homebuilder on Builder magazine’s top 100 list.  With 6,032 closings in 2010, this is the second time Habitat for Humanity has placed in the top 10.

“Our placement on the Builder 100 list is a testament to what can be accomplished when people work together,” said Larry Gluth, senior vice president of U.S. and Canada for Habitat for Humanity International. “So many families in the United States and around the world face an incredible need for affordable housing, and this need only increases during challenging economic times. Habitat works every day to help these families, and we are grateful for the generosity of our donors, volunteers and advocates who have joined our efforts to help families obtain safe, decent and affordable homes and to strengthen communities.”

In 2010, Rockwall Habitat helped 3 families obtain affordable housing and are currently building the latest house on Peter’s Colony near the Post Office. Manhattan Construction has graciously sponsored the current house, donating numerous tools and supplies as well as time.  Their generosity has helped Habitat tremendously and will continue to help on future builds with their donations.

“We are thrilled that our work to provide affordable housing has contributed to Habitat’s ranking as the sixth largest builder in the United States,” said Wendy Buford], President at Rockwall Habitat.  “We are proud to help families obtain affordable housing, and we thank our supporters for their commitment to helping families in need.”

The Builder 100 list is an annual compilation of the largest homebuilders in the country. In 2009, Habitat for Humanity ranked eighth on the list with 5,294 closings, marking the first time the organization made it to the top 10.