B/CS Habitat for Humanity raised the wall of its 250th home in Bryan/College Station Saturday, November 8. The home is sponsored by current and former members of the Habitat Board of Directors.
The 250th home is a momentous accomplishment for an organization that started 25 years ago behind the efforts of a few dedicated volunteers.
“This new house demonstrates the resolve, hard work and compassion of our past and current board members,” said Marco Maina, B/CS Habitat Executive Director. “It also represents the dedication of so many caring people in our community who have devoted time, money and effort toward the mission of eliminating substandard housing in Bryan, College Station and beyond.”
“In addition to serving 250 families in B/CS, our local Habitat for Humanity affiliate has also provided financial support for building 102 houses abroad, mostly in Mexico,” Maina said. “Habitat’s social and economic impact has uplifted hundreds of families out of poverty housing, an impact that is long-lasting and will benefit future generations, along with our entire community.”
The 250th home will be owned by Riketra Johnson, a single mother of four. Motivated by her desire to care for her children, Johnson has worked very hard to reach this day. She applied to build with Habitat several times before she was finally accepted.
“I wasn’t giving up,” she said. “It just took me a little time. I knew I wanted a home. I always wanted a home. So I just kept on.”