Press Releases

Habitat Family Receives Keys to Bank7 Sponsored Home

OKLAHOMA CITY (Sept. 3, 2019) – Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity (COHFH) in partnership with Oklahoma-based Bank7 dedicated its 979th home on Thursday, August 29 in the Stephen Florentz Legacy Estates addition near Wilshire Blvd. and N. Council Rd. in northwest Oklahoma City. Bank7 fully sponsored the home built for new homeowner Maria Mendez Trejo and her three sons.
“When our employees rallied together to help frame this home back in June, and now seeing the finished product is such a rewarding experience for the Bank7 team,” said Brad Haines, Chairman of Bank7. “We are honored to be a part of the process and excited to play a positive and meaningful role in the future of this deserving family.”

CENTRAL OKLAHOMA HABITAT FOR HUMANITY COMPLETES 500TH CRITICAL HOME REPAIR

OKLAHOMA CITY (Oct. 1, 2019) – Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity (COHFH) completed its 500th Critical Home Repair for a homeowner in southwest Oklahoma City. COHFH’s Critical Home Repair program helps low-income homeowners who are struggling to maintain their dwelling due to limitations related to income, age, disability or other circumstances.

“We complete 50 Critical Home Repair projects a year thanks to private donations and proceeds from Central Oklahoma Habitat ReStores,” said Chris Hearn, Critical Home Repair Volunteer Coordinator. “Completing our 500th house is a huge milestone that we could not have accomplished without our countless volunteers, donors, and longtime Critical Home Repair sponsors.”

The homeowner, a former drug addict who has been sober for many years, purchased the home with her late husband in 1993. The couple slept in the living room for seven years after a fire destroyed ceilings and walls in several rooms of the home. Following her husband’s death in November 2018, she applied for COHFH’s Critical Home Repair program.

Upon learning she had been accepted, she reached out to her church for assistance. Mike Brooks, Pastor of Discipleship and Education Ministries at Bethany First Church of the Nazarene, says the church rallied volunteers to help her fulfill her required 60 hours of sweat equity.

“She has some physical limitations, so we arranged for church volunteers to contribute on another project to cover her sweat equity. Then we learned the extent of repairs being done to her home, so we lined up more volunteers, including 20 college students. John Herren, the owner of Sterling Electric, also volunteered labor to rewire the entire house,” said Brooks.

2019 Women Build Begins!

A HUGE thank you to the Pi Beta Phi Oklahoma City Alumnae Club for sponsoring our 2019 Women Build! Everyone had a blast framing a home for our latest Habitat homeowner, single mom Ariel B.!


Elizabeth Wilson (left), chairman of our 2019 Women Build event, poses with this year's Women Build homeowner Ariel B. and Central Oklahoma Habitat Chairman and CEO, Ann Felton Gilliland.

Women Unite to Build Home for Single Mother

Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity Kicks Off 18th Women Build

OKLAHOMA CITY (Feb. 12, 2019) – Honorary Women Build Chair Elizabeth Wilson and other female volunteers will frame a house for Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity’s (COHFH) 18th annual Women Build on Saturday, March 2. The home is being built for Habitat home buyer and single mother Ariel B. and her son.

Through hard work, an unwavering faith and the support of dedicated mentors, Ariel turned her life around, overcoming addiction and homelessness. Now a mentor herself, she says this new Habitat home will give her and her son stability, so she can continue showing others how they, too, can transform their lives.

“We are so grateful to be where we are today and especially to be given this opportunity. We have come such a long way through the help and support of the people who have lifted us up over the past few years,” said Ms B. “As a mother, I can’t wait to have a safe place for my son and somewhere we can start making lasting memories together – what an enormous blessing!”

“Central Oklahoma Habitat has been the inspiration for me to understand that God blesses everyone in His way,” said Wilson. “As this year’s honorary Women Build Chair, I look forward to helping fulfill Habitat’s mission to help families build strength, stability, and independence through housing.”

Thanks to the Rumsey Family’s $90,000 Gift, a
Central Oklahoma Habitat Family Will Be ‘Home for the Holidays’

OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLA. (Dec. 13, 2018) – Yet another Oklahoma family will be celebrating the holidays in their very own home, thanks to the generosity of retired business owners Gary and Diane Rumsey. This past fall the Rumseys donated $90,000 to Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity, to underwrite the full construction costs of the new dwelling.

Along with their donation, for the past four months they personally helped build the home, and were assisted by their family and friends. The dedication ceremony celebrating its completion is scheduled for 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 20th, at 300 SW 148th in Oklahoma City.

In recognition of their support, the Rumseys were recently honored at Central Oklahoma Habitat’s annual Volunteer Recognition Event, where they formally presented their donation.

Arvest Bank Honors Ann Felton Gilliland with Plaque

Arvest Bank loan assistant supervisor, Lindsey Beaman, stopped by the Central Habitat for Humanity office in December to present our CEO and Chairman, Ann Felton Gilliland, with a special gift.

NEW FACE OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity to Host Open House August 11-12

OKLAHOMA CITY (July 31, 2018) – Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity (COHFH) will host an Open House from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, August 10 and Sunday, August 11 at 8132 NW 71st in the Stephen Florentz Legacy Estates addition located near Wilshire Blvd. and Council Rd. in northwest Oklahoma City.

The Open House kicks off Phase II of the all-Habitat development, which is now accepting homeowner applications for 70 remaining lots. The addition includes a park, gazebo and picnic tables, walking trails with exercise stations, and a Homeowner’s Association. Once complete, Legacy Estates will be home to 146 families.

Interior Designer Lindsay Palazzolo of ZZolo Designs worked with local vendors to find budget-minded furniture to stage the Open House. The newly constructed four-bedroom, two-bathroom, brick home features a two-car garage, geothermal heating and cooling system, fence, sod grass and storm shelter.

OG&E and Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity Partnership Celebrates Completion of 500th Positive Energy Home

Central Oklahoma Habitat’s 928th Home Dedicated to Family of Four

OKLAHOMA CITY (June 5, 2018) – Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity (COHFH) and OG&E celebrated the 500th Positive Energy Home at the home dedication for new Habitat homeowners Nang Za L. and Cin Zam H. and their three children on May 31, 2018.

“Our partnership in building OG&E Positive Energy Homes with Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity provides clients with safe, affordable and energy efficient housing. We are really excited to be a part of this effort” said Kent Grant, OG&E Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “It’s what OG&E likes to call ‘positive energy together’ and it shows what we can do when we all work together.”

To celebrate the milestone, OG&E donated $25,000 toward the construction of the home and provided about 20 volunteers, who donated a day of labor to frame the home.

Maxwell Supply of Oklahoma City Celebrates 60th Anniversary with Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity Home Sponsorship

Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity to dedicate 936th home

OKLAHOMA CITY (July 2018) – Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity (COHFH) and Maxwell Supply Company of Oklahoma City, will dedicate a home for new homeowners Pau T. and Dim Ngaih H. and their three young children on Thursday, August 2, 2018.

To celebrate Maxwell Supply’s 60th year of service to the construction industry, the company sponsored the home and provided manpower for the house framing. Maxwell Supply has partnered with COHFH since 1990. The company provided foundation packages for rebar on Habitat builds for almost 20 years before sponsoring its first fully funded home in 2009.
This marks Maxwell Supply’s fifth home sponsorship for COHFH.

WOMEN VOLUNTEERS UNITE FOR
CENTRAL OKLAHOMA HABITAT FOR HUMANITY’S NATIONAL WOMEN BUILD WEEK

2018 Women Build to support family of seven

Mustang, Okla. (May 5, 2018) – Oklahoma City area women volunteers kicked off National Women Build week this morning with Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity (COHFH) at the house framing for Jessica H. and Miguel N. and their 5 children. 2018 Honorary Women Build Chair Gloria Torres, OKCPS Board of Education Vice Chair and District 6 board member, is leading the charge on the 12-week home build.