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.
Affectionately referred to as the Bryan/College Station Habitat for Humanity Historian, Jim has played an influential role in the growth of the affiliate for over 26 years, including the development of the “Weekday Crew” when the affiliate took on the ambitious task in 1999 of building its first subdivision, Miracle Place. The Weekday Crew helps the affiliate by putting together the walls and working during the week to help ensure homes are completed in a reasonable amount of time for the families. As he describes the humble beginnings as a volunteer based organization, there is a sparkle in his eye and joy in his voice.
Prior to Habitat, Jim was employed full-time as a fisheries professor by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. Jim’s extensive knowledge of the local wildlife has proved invaluable to BCS Habitat, especially in the development and construction of the affiliate’s four, and soon fifth, subdivisions; using his skills from wildlife and fishery to identify trees that need to be saved for animal habitat or preservation purposes.