It was the fall of 1989 when the Bryan/College Station Habitat for Humanity was founded; the affiliate completed its first home in the spring of 1990. The first family to have a home built, the Gonzales Family, had generous community sponsors from throughout Bryan/College Station, including members from the First United Methodist Church. Members of the congregation came out to volunteer and build the home; among those volunteers was Jim Davis.
Prior to his involvement with the local affiliate, Jim recognized the need for decent and affordable housing in the United States. In a Spring 2013 interview for a BCS Habitat newsletter, Jim mentioned as early as 1968 his involvement in showing the community the conditions in which many of his fellow community members lived when his brother loaded up a bus of church members for a tour of the town.