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Coated with kindness
by Chip Latcham
Jun 27, 2012 | 507 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
One nice, feel-good story in this community is the start-up of the Habitat for Humanity program.

Already, the small group of Christian volunteers from many denominations has completed its first two projects, under Habitat’s A Brush with Kindness arm.

These are entry level projects, in which eligible homes receive a face-lift, thanks to many brushes and a bright new coat of paint.

Don’t be fooled by the description, though. Several days of labor went into these projects. Scraping, priming, painting, caulking and minor repairs have been completed on the first two homes in Beeville.

Each project that A Brush with Kindness completes has a materials cost that is passed on to the family, but the program makes it affordable.

Part of the cost can be covered by “sweat equity” that is furnished by the recipient of the project or his/her relatives. Several generous monetary gifts also have been received.

What’s truly refreshing about Habitat for Humanity, in addition to helping deserving people (such as a 92-year-old woman) who need assistance to beautify their homes, is the camaraderie of the volunteers on the job sites.

Lutherans, Catholics, Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Methodists, Baptists and Pentecostals are willing to work (and sweat) together to make this community a better place.

On this last project, a group of 14 youths from South Texas Children’s Home and Humble Area First Baptist Church pitched in to help out with a paint job on West Powell Street.

A secondary benefit of Habitat’s endeavors here is that they always have been accompanied by rain. The first A Brush with Kindness assignment was postponed several times by inclement weather.

However, nothing stopped these young volunteers last week — not even the pouring rain and the lack of shelter.

As Father Clayton Elder, St. Philip’s Episcopal rector and a Habitat for Humanity board member, said so eloquently on our website’s video (mySouTex.com), the Habitat volunteers deserved no credit for the downpour, but praise be to God for His blessings – even if it means delays.

Look for Habitat’s first home build in 2013, thanks to its partnership with St. Philip’s Church and the Diocese of West Texas. In addition, members will continue to receive applications for the A Brush with Kindness projects they hope to complete throughout this year.

For more information or to get involved, contact Pastor Don Taylor, president; Bill Whitworth, vice president; Monica Fox, secretary; Jon Fischer, treasurer; or other board members. Attorney George “Trace” Morrill’s office is the group’s central volunteer and application office.

Many hands make light work. It’s very rewarding for everyone involved. And, believe us, one is not required to be a gifted handyman.

– Chip Latcham
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