McKinney, TX (April 28, 2015) – Wilson Fryar has served North Collin County Habitat for Humanity since 2006. Over the past nine years, he has overseen the construction and development of 63 homes serving low income families. In addition, he has also served six years with his local affiliate in Fannin County by building 4 homes. These projects equate to the supervision of over $4.57 million in development costs. Wilson’s gentle touch and vast construction knowledge has been vital in growing our volunteer house leader base and serving our families.
Shannon Cain, Emeritus Board member said,” Wilson was the right man for the right job” and when he meets his maker, He will say “well done, good and faithful servant.”
Under Wilson’s direction, our House Leader Training has been developed over the years and adapted to our constructions techniques. This has grown our volunteer leaders and trained them to oversee our job sites. Wilson’s training classes have provided the opportunity for our organization to continuously refine and develop our construction practices.
Larry Pietenpol, house leader and current Board President, said, “Over the last nine years, Wilson’s strong building industry knowledge, as well as his hard work ethic, has been instrumental in the rapid growth of our Habitat affiliate. Without his leadership, we would not be in the position of building our 100th home this year.”
The 63 families that Wilson has served as a guide in their dream of homeownership will truly miss his kindhearted gentleness and coaching. “I just want to say ‘Thank you!’,” said Porsha Boyd, proud Habitat homeowner. “This ‘thank you’ goes a long way for me because not only am I saying thank you for the business card you gave my mom, or the hours you put in on our build, or thinking of me when it came time to pick out our stove, or the time you and Mr. Bill spent teaching my son how to do the manly things when there was no man in our house. Thank you for putting up with me and my loud ‘Hey Mr. Wilson!’ But mainly, thank you for loving my mom. I can only hope that you know that she loved you too as well as all of our Habitat family. Enjoy yourself now, old friend.”
Timothy Lee Solano, a Habitat homeowner and former Construction Americorps staff member said, “When I think of Wilson Fryar, the first thing that comes to mind is that cowboy-styled hard hat. Wilson has a little ‘John Wayne’ in him – so that has proven a perfect fit. When he comes to Lively Hill, he is never viewed a guest. He’s a friend. And that’s the lens with which I will forever view him. His many contributions to NCC Habitat speak for themselves. That’s appropriate for a man of such few words – a man of action.”
Wilson Fryar is also a loving husband, father and grandfather to a family fortunate to be connected to him by DNA. But Wilson is also a vital part of our Habitat family – and that family shares a monumental mission – to end poverty housing worldwide. Wilson always understood that mission starts in his backyard. While he may be retiring, I am sure his passion for people will continue to overflow into and throughout our communities.
The Staff and Board will miss Wilson’s leadership and oversight. We wish him well in his retirement and will never forget his cowboy hard hat and gentle demeanor.
About Habitat for Humanity of North Collin County
North Collin County Habitat for Humanity (NCC Habitat) is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles. We put God’s love into action by building homes and communities. We are dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide. We encourage positive relationships throughout the community by advocating for fair housing policies and by providing training to help families improve their shelter conditions.
NCC Habitat was incorporated in 1992. We enable families throughout northern Collin County (Anna, Celina, Farmersville, Frisco, McKinney, Melissa, Princeton, and Prosper) to achieve the dream of home ownership and dignity. With the help of partnerships, NCC Habitat has built over 97 houses. We also have started a new program called “A Brush With Kindness” where we help low income families with exterior repairs including roof, siding, paint and general clean up. We’ve served 81 families through this program (mostly seniors). Internationally, NCC Habitat has built 34 homes in Mexico, Egypt, Asia Tsunami & Honduras. Habitat also operates a ReStore that is open to the public Tuesday – Saturday. We sell new and gently used building materials and furniture to the public.
Habitat for Humanity of North Collin County
Celeste H. Cox