Habitat for Humanity board members pose with the family of the newest Habitat Home #17 at Chaparral Village.
Pictured are front row: Habitat Secretary Leonard Bentch, Habitat homeowner Mariana Montoya, daughter Jimena, homeowner David Montoya, Habitat VP Kelly Musselman, Hailei Thomas, Habitat Treasurer Mike Eilers.
Back row: Habitat board members Michaella Dietrich, President Cindy Maple, Missy Shelton, and Holly Gliddon.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fredericksburg accepts a CTEC Operation Round-Up Grant at House #17 building site.
Left to right- Mike Eilers (HFH treasurer), Michaella Dietrich (HFH board member), Linda Aide (Care-A-Vanner), Kelly Musselman (HFH VP), CTEC 2018 board president Bernard Selensky, Jessica Contreras (HFH board member), Leonard Bentch (HFH secretary), Dick Aide (Care-A-Vanner team supervisor)
Habitat board members and volunteers and the Methodist Church helping hands, give a big shout out of thanks to Susan Helm of ACI for the use of their roll off dumpster during a recent workday at Habitat Site #17.
Pictured are: Jerry Faucheux, Leonard Bentch, Philip Maple, Cindy Maple, Tommy Newman, Jim Reynolds, Russell Rice, Tom Canfield, John Doudna, Paul Hayes, Jim Wilhite, Jim Ryan, Lizzie Bispo, Al Bispo, Charlie Koym, and Zala Koym . Not pictured but present at the workday, Judy Hoopman Kelly Musselman, Tom Musselman, and Hugh Reeves.
February 4, 2017 marked a special occasion and a surprise event for Habitat of Humanity of Greater Fredericksburg. Held at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, a mortgage burning was celebrated for Habitat House #1 homeowners Raul and Mary Rodriguez of 109 Shaw Street.
Originally built in 1996, by local Habitat volunteers and members of St. Barnabas church, the home note was paid off by the Rodriguez’s after twenty years. Attending the ceremony was Rev. Stephen Kinney, former pastor of St. Barnabas, and one of the original founders of the local Habitat affiliate, established in 1995. Current and past board members, other Habitat homeowners, and Habitat volunteer builders, the Care-A-Vanners, were also in attendance.
At the mortgage burning event, June Phillips, a former board member, was honored for her dedication and work with Habitat over the past twenty years. She was surprised by two dozen of her family members who came to help announce the establishment of the June Phillips Scholarship Fund. The fund has been set up in honor of June’s commitment and service to the organization. Children of Habitat homeowners will be eligible for the scholarship.
Larry Berkman, president of Habitat, made the announcement as June’s family filled the room to congratulate her. Dick Aide, leader of the Care-A-Vanner group, then presented June and Habitat with $2,800 that was donated by the volunteer builders to the scholarship fund. June’s daughter, Dawn Houseal, then made a heartfelt speech, expressing the love and devotion June has shown for the organization, and its homeowners, over the years.
Centennial Bank presents Habitat for Humanity board, and volunteer builder Care-A-Vanners, with a check for $5000 toward House #16 at 304 W. Park St. Pictured are:
Front row: Dick Aide (Care-A-Vanner leader), Marcus Vidrine (Bank), Kelly Musselman (Habitat VP), Rose Sanchez (Homeowner #16) , Ben Vanderlugt, Brenda Guild, Cindy Scroggins (Bank VP), Cindy Robertson (Bank), Suzie Harvey
Back row: John Huygen, Richard Harvey, Rodger Sandlin, Wayne Murphy, Susan Sandlin, Darrell DeVault, Ellen DeVault, Don Ingalls, Jay Guild, Idamae Downs, Leonard Bentch, Betty Huygen, Paul Holmes
It’s not quite spring, but for the Care-A-Vanners, there’s no better time to build a house.Once again, this group of RV Winter Texans has made their annual trek to the Hill Country to lend a volunteer helping hand to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fredericksburg.
This year they are hard at work on Habitat House #16, located at 304 W. Park Street, located right next door to House #15 which they completed last year. Though most of the Care-A-Vanners are from much colder areas of the country, including Ontario Canada, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and South Dakota, the recent chilly weather here has not deterred them from their mission- helping those in need with the construction of decent, affordable housing.Read more
Habitat received a grant from Central Texas Electric Cooperative Operation Round Up. Pictured L-R: Bill White (CTEC), Wayne Murphy (HFH building supervisor), Kelly Musselman, and Tim Lehmberg (Economic Development Corp).
People who think retirees check out and live a leisurely life of luxury don’t know the Care-a-Vanners.
Dick and Linda Aide quickly tired of “touristy stuff” after they left the working world in 1997. The Wisconsin-based snowbirds felt the need to do something besides tool around in their RV and visit sites that catered to visitors in Texas and Arizona.
They visited Texas, visiting the LBJ State Park and Fredericksburg museums. They liked the town, but wanted to do something constructive. They began to research the Habitat for Humanity program.
January 22, 2015–This year, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fredericksburg celebrates its 20th anniversary of providing decent, affordable, safe housing to those in need in our community.
“We are proud to have built homes for 15 local families in the past two decades,” said Habitat Vice President Kelly Musselman. “We have a lot of things to celebrate this year, including the completion of House #15 next month and the move in of our newest homeowners, the Perez family, this spring.”
Labor Day weekend found the Oak Hills Church congregation laboring in the heat instead of lounging by the pool. That Sunday church members lent a hand to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fredericksburg in clearing the lot behind Habitat’s newest build located at 306 W. Park St.
Over 30 people cut down brush, pulled out undergrowth, and chopped weeds at the location. Working alongside church members, new Habitat homeowners Josh and Roxanne Perez and their children literally provided their “sweat equity” as well, 300 hours of which is required by the organization before moving in.
June 22, 2014–Summer found the Holy Ghost Lutheran Church Service Team brushing up on their painting skills at Habitat for Humanity’s House #15. A congregational project that included thirty youth and adults, as well as Habitat volunteers and the home’s new owners, got the majority of the structure painted in three hours that Sunday afternoon. Other church volunteers prepared lunch and made refreshments, cut down vegetation to allow for easier access for the painters, and also prayed for a few hours, in this case, for no rain.
The groundhog may have seen his shadow, but a prediction of four more weeks of winter doesn’t stop the Care-A-Vanners from making their annual trek to Fredericksburg. The Care-A-Vanners, a group of RV Winter Texans, are here again to lend a volunteer helping hand to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fredericksburg.
This year they are hard at work on Habitat House #15, located at 306 W. Park Street. This home will be a new challenge for the builders, as it will be the first two story structure they have tackled for the organization. Though most of the Care-A-Vanners are from much colder areas of the country, including Ontario Canada, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Washington State, and Kansas, the recent chilly weather here has not deterred them from their mission- helping those in need with decent, affordable housing. Read more