LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - More than 15 years of providing families with a home of their own -- the Habitat for Humanity of Angelina County is dedicating their 20th home since they began building in 1995.
Retired police officer Johnnie Wilson and former business owner Tim Hill spend their free time building houses.
"Being retired, I wanted to return some of my effort into the community and being around good people enjoying doing things you don't get to do every day," said Hill.
"I feel very privileged to be able to contribute to the people that need this. It is very satisfying," said Wilson.
They spend four hours every Saturday joining fellow Habitat for Humanity volunteers, and one partner family in building a home to call their own.
"Believe it or not, we actually get houses done doing that. That's the surprising part," laughed Hill.
Many helping hands went into constructing the three-bedroom, two-bathroom house.
"There have been probably at least 500 volunteers when you count the students at the high school that were in the drafting classes as well as the building trades then the family members, so there has been about 4,000 hours of time," said Sheila Champion, Project Coordinator for Habitat.
Saturday, the family will step into their home to see it completed for the first time.
"This is a single mother with two children. One little boy, one little girl," said Champion. "We try to provide for families especially with young children to give them an opportunity to have a home they can invite their friends to."
Handing the keys over to one deserving family reminds Wilson and Hill why they got involved with Habitat in the first place.
"I don't think I could have found anything better," said Wilson.
"People work all week and then come out and work all weekend to help other people. It is pretty fascinating really," said Hill.
High-schoolers began working on the home last May. Once the school year ended, it was moved to Atkinson Drive for volunteers to complete. You are invited to attend Saturday's dedication, as the family moves in. It starts at 2 pm at 2104 Atkinson Drive in Lufkin.