Building Hope, Creating Community: B/CS Habitat at Thirty

Founded in 1989, Bryan/College Station Habitat for Humanity has been building homes in Bryan/College Station for almost 30 years. What started as individuals desiring to do something to help families living in substandard housing has become a community committed to providing decent and affordable homes to low-income families. To date, B/CS Habitat has built nearly 300 homes, an impressive number comparable to Habitat affiliates building in larger cities.

How has B/CS Habitat been so successful? Who does B/CS Habitat serve? And who is B/CS Habitat? These are just a few of the questions this audio series hopes to unlock. 

This audio series is produced by Janet Morford and Jane Sherman. Support for this audio series is provided by KEOS 89.1FM Community Radio. A special thank you goes out to Lance Parr, Chief Engineer at KEOS.

When a Community Comes Together

In 1989, Victor Gonzalez and his family were living in a trailer that was falling apart when his church encouraged him to apply for a Habitat home. This is his story and the beginning of Bryan/College Station Habitat for Humanity.

Stepping Out in Faith: The Founding of Bryan/College Station Habitat for Humanity

Patricia Burk, one of Bryan/College Station Habitat for Humanity’s founding members and first Executive Director, tells the story of how the affiliate started and its early years.

Growth and Expansion

From fill-in lots to subdivisions, Bryan/College Station Habitat for Humanity takes on the challenge of creating a community.

The Habitat Model

Habitat for Humanity is one of the largest home builders in the United States, and its homeowners have one of the lowest mortgage default rates in the industry. What is the Habitat model? What is sustains this nonprofit? Connie Flickinger, B/CS Habitat volunteer and Board Member, shares Habitat’s philosophy that drives its success.

Growing Up in a Habitat Home

Gwendolyn Phillips shares her story of growing up in a Habitat home and her admiration for her dad’s hard work to provide for his family.

Becoming a Habitat Homeowner: The Process

Felipa Sanders, Bryan/College Station Habitat for Humanity’s Homebuyer Program Manager, walks listeners through the homebuyer process.

“You Can Do It!”: A Habitat Homebuyer’s Journey

Gwendolyn Phillips shares her story of