Friday December 18 and Saturday the 19th 2015, Habitat for Humanity Abilene, in collaboration with the Dyess We Care Team and Boots on the Ground, a ministry of Beltway Park Baptist church, and individuals from the Dyess Bomb Wing joined together to help a single mother of 3 children who lost their home and belongings to an arson fire. Several community members also reached out with monetary and in-kind donations to help this family. The volunteers worked to clean away the debris from the burned house ahead of the demolition deadline, and the Dyess We Care Team raised funds to purchase Christmas gifts for the family. The homeowner, Monica Chavarria, was there to assist the volunteers and expressed her deep gratitude for their gifts of kindness and their hard work.
Shay Senter, Habitat board chair, Melissa Guajardo, new homeowner, and
Steven Leggett, Habitat executive director, just after Melissa signed the
documents that make her a new, and deserving, Habitat homeowner. She moved
in with her three children on Saturday February 13.
Mary Gill (right), a founder and long-time board member, provides a
personal blessing to Melissa Guajardo during the official blessing of her
new Habitat home.
The Roundtable Quilters presented a beautifully detailed quilt to Melissa
as a homecoming gift during the family and friends blessing for her new
Habitat home. Family, Habitat volunteers, board members and crew leaders are
in the background.