Ribbon cutting

Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce Board Members, Bay Blazers, and staff were joined by guests recently to celebrate a ribbon cutting for Habitat for Humanity.

Habitat for Humanity (HFH) has been a part of Aransas County for more than 20 years and has built seven traditional Habitat homes with the help of local volunteers.

The organization has been fairly low profile in recent years but has offered solutions for home repair for families through a program called Brush with Kindness. When Hurricane Harvey hit in 2017, HFH of Aransas County embraced the opportunity to be boots on the ground in the midst of recovery with assistance from Trinity Habitat for Humanity and Texas Habitat for Humanity.

In order to meet the needs of the community, the organization had to increase significantly in size and function. With a generous donation from CITGO and partnerships with Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group, Hands of Hope, Red Cross, HEART, Mennonite Disaster Service, and CARE, they were equipped to increase in size and thus play a vital role in the rebuild. To date, they have completed 50 homes that have ranged from $1,500 to $60,000 in critical repairs and two new construction projects.

Executive Director Patty Butters, Construction Manager Gary Matney, and several part-time employees staff the new administrative office. Board members include John Hitchcock, Robert Meador, Abigail Fletcher, Steve Straub and Board President Art Smith, whom has played a vital role in the recovery process.

Although Hurricane Harvey dealt a devastating blow, the silver lining for HFH of Aransas County is to continue the rebuild and serve in the growth of the county.

“Our organization is excited about becoming highly involved in our community with not just recovery but projects that bring the people of Aransas County together,” said Butters. “Once critical repairs slow down, there are plans to begin the process of building traditional Habitat homes and workshops that will include topics around financial responsibility and maintaining your home”.

They also plan to continue work with Brush with Kindness and Aging in Place.

HFH welcomes all feedback is currently looking for more volunteers.

For more information, visit their website at www.aransashabitat.org or call 361-450-0131.

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