Two families, over twenty-five corporate sponsors, and more than two hundred volunteers over the course of twelve weeks: this is the Bryan/College Station Habitat for Humanity’s 2016 Corporate Challenge. Each year the Bryan-College Station Habitat for Humanity reaches out to local businesses to sponsor a partner family’s home; providing the family a home, community and hope while allowing the businesses a chance to be socially responsible while providing team-work and camaraderie for the employees who volunteer on the home.
When Paz Navarro and Arcelia Gamino learned they had been accepted as a Bryan-College Station Habitat family, they were overcome with a sense of relief. Being able to move their family of 6 out of the cramped, two-bedroom trailer into a four-bedroom home will not just provide the family with more space, but also safer living conditions. Their current trailer is on the brink of falling apart, with cracked floors, a caved roof, and only one functional bathroom. For the Navarro-Gamino Family, this year’s Corporate Challenge is changing their lives and giving them a chance to build their dream and leave a legacy for their children.
Adeline Perez is benefiting from the second half of the Corporate Challenge. After witnessing violence between neighbors at an apartment home, Adeline chose to immediately move her family of four out of the apartment, choosing to spend time on friends’ and families’ couches that have her sons witness more violence. Fortunately, with the help of her mother, she was able to move into a trailer a few weeks later, but the community is not