Weatherford Living

Habitat event set; dedication nears; new home on the horizon

Texas Hold ’Em, over the past several years, has grown into arguably the most popular style of poker.

The Greater Fort Worth Builders Association intends to capitalize on that fact by hosting its 5th Annual Texas Hold ’Em Tournament, this year befitting Trinity Habitat for Humanity (Habitat). The event, sponsored by Charlie Gilchrist Southwest AutoGroup, will take place on Fri., March 21, at the Parker County Sheriff’s Posse, located at 2251 Mineral Wells Hwy. Registration is early, March 14, and can be done online at www.gfwba.com or by calling 817-284-3566 for more details.

Linda Tingle, who oversees Habitat in Parker County, said she’s “thrilled” by the support from the Builder’s group.

“This is a great opportunity given to our charity to raise funds and awareness in the community with fellow home builders,” Tingle said. “It is a great group to work with, hoping that many of the local community will come share in the fun and festivities of the event. I am always very appreciative when groups want to help us in raising funds to build yet another home, to serve another family and improve the community.”

The game is played when five community cards are dealt face-up, to form the board. Additionally, each player is dealt two private cards, known as ‘hole cards,’ that belong to them alone. The object of the game player may use any combination of the seven cards available to make the best possible five-card poker hand, using zero, one or two of their private hole cards.

The description of the game uses the word “community," and oddly enough that’s what one of Habitat’s goal is, to build community.

Dedication

There are a number of news sources and websites that claim home ownership makes for a better work force. Statistics reveal that it even enables stability, which makes it better to raise a family.

That’s nothing new to the folks from the Trinity Habitat as they prepare to dedicate a new home in Weatherford on Saturday at 11:30 a.m.

The build was this year is 14th Home in Parker County.

The homes new occupant, Alisha Evans, worked alongside volunteers as part of what Habitat calls her “sweat equity.”

Evans said it was a “dream come true” back in October just before the work began.

“You never know who is moving in so I have stressed to my daughters not to speak to anyone they don't know and always keep the doors locked,” she stated. “Owning a home will make a difference in my life because it will show my family that if you work hard you can achieve anything.”

Evans said she has always expressed to her daughters that “if you work hard, you will be rewarded.”

“It may not be today, tomorrow, a month or in five years but, one day, God rewards you," she said.

New Build

No sooner than done with one house and Habitat is on its way to making the dream of home ownership come true for another family. This time it’s for Jennifer Long and her two sons David (4) and Richard (2 months).

“We are funding this house now; the build dates are April 30 through May 3, May 7 through May 10 and May 14 through May 17,” Tingle said. “I m currently taking volunteer sign ups and can be contacted at 817-614-1061 or email ltingle@stewart.com. Address for this house will be 1010 W. North Street.”

Long has worked at Inspirus as a customer service representative for almost five years.

“I am excited about the new opportunity for home ownership that Habitat for Humanity has granted me and my sons,” she said in a release. “We are currently renting and although our home is in fair condition, we know that we won’t be able to be here forever.”

She said they have had to move several times because of rising rent costs and neighborhood issues.

“This program will allow us to stay settled in one place and have stability not only in our own house but in our own neighborhood,” she added. “We will be able to know our neighbors for years instead of until when one of us has to move. I know that God has a great plan for my children and I and I am so excited to see if coming into focus. I know that God has a great plan for my sons and I and I am so excited to see if coming into focus.”

Facts about Trinity Habitat for Humanity

Since 1989, Trinity Habitat has partnered with 783 families, 500 sponsors and almost 160,000 volunteers to:

•  Build 415 safe, decent and affordable homes in Johnson (33), Parker (7), Tarrant (371) and Wise (4) counties, in 15 communities;



• Rehabilitate 368 homes;



• Accumulate over 789,180 volunteer hours and 123,300 sweat equity hours at a value of $13,997,443.20, according to Independent Sector (@ $15.34/hour national average over 21 years.



Habitat is the eighth largest home builder in the United States (according to Builder Magazine's 2009 Builder 100).

Collectively, Trinity Habitat for Humanity homeowners pay more than $460,000 in property taxes annually. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit and zero percent interest. Mortgage length is an average of 30 years. Mortgage payments average $400-$500 per month, including taxes and insurance.

(Some of the material contained is from the Weatherford Star-Telegram archives)

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