North Collin County Habitat for Humanity Raised the Walls on a Home for a Veteran Family
MCKINNEY, TX, (July 21, 2017) – Today, North Collin County Habitat for Humanity (NCC Habitat) raised the walls on a home for a Veteran Family. The Faramarz family is from Afghanistan, where he served with the U.S. Army and Air Force for 7 years. After serving courageously, he received the Army Achievement Medal among many other awards for his sacrifice to our county. When life became too dangerous for his family due to his work, Faramarz and his family received military sponsorship to come to America.
Struggle to afford a suitable place to live led Faramarz to Habitat for Humanity. “NCC Habitat is thrilled to be helping Faramarz and his family finally have a real home in America,” said Celeste H. Cox, Chief Executive Officer of NCC Habitat. “Affording a home in north Collin County is out of reach for many. Through our homeownership programs, families can have the strong, stable home for which they’ve been working and can stand independently on their own to face the future.”
City of McKinney Mayor George Fuller and City Councilman La’Shadion Shemwell were in attendance for the ceremony, along with many Habitat staff members, volunteers, and sponsors. Sponsors on the Habitat Veteran Build include American Legion Post 96, CDBG, City of McKinney, Home Depot, Martin Marietta, McKinney & Frisco Rotaries, Raytheon, St. Jude Catholic Church, Texas Republic Bank, an Anonymous donor, Habitat Carpenters Club, and the Habitat ReStore.
“Members of the military depend on our products to complete their mission and return home safely,” said Kim Parks, Raytheon Senior Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility. “That’s why it is especially meaningful that we get to thank Faramarz for his service and help build a new home for him and his family.”
Faramarz and his family will have worked over 650 sweat equity hours, including those spent to build their home, before they can move into the home. Faramarz will pay an affordable mortgage for his home that will be less than 30% of his monthly income. The home will be built in McKinney, TX over the next 12 weeks. Volunteers, as well as the family, will be building the home.
About North Collin County Habitat for Humanity
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 100 new homes and repaired nearly 150 existing homes. Our Affordable Housing Programs provide strength, stability and self-reliance for low to moderate income families. The Home Repair program is called “A Brush With Kindness” where we help low income families with exterior repairs including roof, siding, paint and general clean up. Most of those served through this program (mostly seniors). Internationally, NCC Habitat has built 44 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.