Tulsa Habitat for Humanity builds its 200th home for a local family in need.
Habitat for Humanity is building its 200th house this month, and while these walls are being raised, another is being torn down for the family who will soon call this space home.
The Tulsa area affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International works in partnership with low-income families, creating housing that will provide necessary shelter and encourage financial stability and growth.
The nonprofit organization built its first Tulsa house in 1988 and has built homes for more than 500 area citizens since then.
ONEOK is sponsoring this year’s milestone build, and will be providing the volunteers needed for the project’s on-site completion.
But for those interested in a hands-on building experience, Habitat has plenty of service opportunities for people of all ages.
The woodshop is an indoor facility where items such as porch railings, shutters and cabinets are constructed. Also, land plots for future houses have to be kept tidy, and volunteers are needed to mow lawns and trim trees.
The ReStore is a secondhand shop that sells donated building materials to raise money for Habitat, and it is always in need of staffers. Drivers, committee members and office assistants are other service options.
Whether it’s filling one of these volunteer slots or donating a pocketful of spare change, Paul Kent, Tulsa Habitat executive director, says that even after 200 houses, there will always be a challenge for area residents.
“We have to continue to step up and out for families in need,” he says.