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Everything is Bigger in Texas! January 16, 2011

Habitat Home completed 5 Weeks ahead of Schedule!

by Terrie Vacek

Scott Mattingly, Colorado County Habitat Board President, said; “Catholic Daughters rock!” It will be a happy New Year for the Sanchez family who will be moving into their CDA Habitat for Humanity built home five weeks ahead of schedule. On Saturday, January 16th CDA members from many local courts were in attendance for the fourth Dedication and Blessing of a Habitat house built in partnership with Texas Catholic Daughters of the Americas.

In just seventeen work days, there were over 1100 hours donated toward the completion of this home by members of 30 of the 228 Catholic Daughter Courts in Texas. Linda and Martin Sanchez and family provided 300 sweat equity hours. The Sanchez family began working with the first nail driven to raise the walls and remained active until the last baseboard trim was installed

Twelve Junior Catholic Daughters participated, along with crew leaders from Colorado County Habitat, Eagle Lake 6th graders, members of the Knights of Columbus and Lions Club, and the Eagle Lake High School Student Council members installed all the vinyl siding in just one day. Scheduled workdays were Friday and Saturday beginning October 2, 2010; work was shut down three weeks for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

Mayor Mike Morales said; “like our lives, this home is a reflection of God’s light in action and unity” and then he presented Linda Sanchez a plaque reading “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”. Mattingly extended thanks to the long list of businesses that supplied lighting, appliances, window blinds, and also to various subcontractors then added; “I am amazed by the hard work of CDA women who always showed up ready to work and never complained about a broken nail”.

CDA State Treasurer Carolyn Rapsilver, San Felipe, led the opening and closing hymns. State Regent Sheila Martinka presented the Sanchez family with a State Memorial Scholarship Enrollment and a Gift Card. A custom designed quilt was crafted and donated by Georgeann Baron; she provides a quilt to each recipient of a Habitat home in Colorado County.

Christine Moore, CDA Habitat State Chairman provided information about how the Sanchez family was selected followed by the presentations of gifts. For the past seven years Linda has been employed as a child care provider for a Child Development Center. Martin is now an independent fence builder and Samantha a 6th grader at Eagle Lake Intermediate School.

In conclusion Moore emphasized; “It was a record build for Colorado County Habitat for Humanity. The speed of this build was a direct result of the prayers, support and enthusiasm of the Catholic Daughters”. With the completion of the Sanchez house, CCHFH has built eleven houses in Colorado County since founded in 1995.

Deacon Charlie Novosad, St. Anthony Catholic Church and Habitat Construction Manager, read the scriptures for the dedication. Texas State Chaplain, Reverend Donald Ruppert Blessed the crowd with humor, then he blessed the Sanchez family, the front door and each room inside of their new home.

Also attending the Blessing of the Home Ceremony were Immediate Past National Director Duchess Collins, Sugar Land; First Vice State Regent Carolyn Malik, Shiner; Second Vice State Regent Peggy Rosales, Austin; State Secretary Eve Trevino, Corpus Christi, State Chairs; District Deputies; officers and members of local courts.