On January 31st, volunteers from CE South Texas spent the day working on a Habitat for Humanity project in the historical Settegast community in Houston. Settegast was first developed in 1892 by German immigrants William J and Julius J. Settegast, who had become interested in land speculation back in 1872.
Today, Habitat for Humanity has a prominent stake in the area. The City of Houston designated Settegast as a Houston HOPE neighborhood. Houston HOPE is the City of Houston’s initiative to reinvest in some of Houston’s historic neighborhoods through a combination of stabilization activities and by supporting locally-led community building activities. The goal of Houston HOPE is to build strong neighborhoods that meet the needs of their current residents and are attractive to new and returning families.
Volunteers from CE South Texas were joined by a future recipient of a Habitat for Humanity home. Prospective recipients are required to complete at least 400 hours of sweat equity towards the building of Habitat homes as well as demonstrate the ability to pay a mortgage. Working side by side with someone who has a personal, vested interest in the projects was both humbling and fulfilling. Hearing the gratitude he expressed at having us volunteer our time and labor to help families like his own was incredibly touching and made the day all the more gratifying.