Habitat Success Story

It was in January 2007, the big day, the day Linda Prichard hadLinda and Lana been waiting for, dreaming of and laboring toward.  After weeks of working alongside Habitat volunteers ripping out carpet, laying tile, painting, helping install windows, light fixtures and cabinets, the day of dedication was there. Everyone, Ms. Prichard’s family, Habitat volunteers, and guests were excited.

Ms. Prichard heard about the Habitat program from a friend, Mrs. Rowe. They attended Abundant Life Church together. As we visited in her fenced-in front yard, courtesy of her brother, Ms. Prichard recalled how working on her house had boosted her sense of self-esteem and confidence, and

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made her proud. She remembered looking forward to leaving the duplex where she and Lana, her special- needs daughter, were living and moving into their own home. They would have a fenced in yard for their pets, a place for Lana to play, room for Ms. Prichard to plant flowers and where she didn’t have to answer to anybody.

On the day Linda and Lana moved into their new home, they had three pieces of furniture, Lana’s bed and dresser and a plaque displaying the Ten Commandments.  Family and friends helped her out with different pieces of needed furniture.  Today Ms. Prichard’s home is furnished with nice, comfortable furniture in each room.

Ms. Prichard said she was especially grateful to one Habitat volunteer in particular, a silver-haired man. Several years after the dedication she meet the gentleman at the cancer center where they both were undergoing radiation and chemo treatment.  She said he encouraged her each time they met. (She couldn’t remember his name but it must have been Claude Alexander.)

When I recently met with Ms. Prichard one afternoon, she was trying to decide where to plant two pots of daisiesyard.  We sat near a small patio table while Lana rocked in a covered swing. Two hammocks were stretched out near us. “Lana enjoys rocking in the swing and lying in the hammocks,” she said.

“I feel so blessed and grateful to have the security of my own home,” Ms. Prichard continued. “I have something for my son and grandchildren, for Lana. I have a place where my children and grandchildren can come visit. When Lana had a reaction to an anesthetic and spent eighteen days in a hospital, Habitat worked with me on my house payments. It felt good to have a home to come back to,” she declared and smiled at her daughter.

Ms. Prichard’s closing comment. “Working with Mt. Pleasant Habitat has helped me have more respect for myself, helped me build my self-esteem, be independent and better able to care for Lana.”


Deck Almost Done

July the 8th and 15th saw a hard working group of men putting the fascia boards and decking  on our current Habitat house.  It took muscle, lots of energy, and sweat, but the deck is almost done.

Nisha Miller led a crew of women welding shovels in shifting mounds of dirt and concrete making the path around the house smother and safer for all the workers. Dayna spent most of the day in a hot trailer organizing tools and supplies. Having this house in the dry is a light at the end of a tunnel.


    Volunteers Needed

Mount Pleasant Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers, either single or groups, to prepare and serve a light meal each workday.  Pizza or sandwiches are appreciated by these dedicated workers. Perhaps your club, Sunday School class, or family would like to take on this job one Saturday.  If so please contact Jaletta Farmer at the Habitat office to schedule a Saturday that will work for you. (903) 575 1225

Moving Ahead

Today, 5/8/17,  a crew was at the building site early this morning digging the footings, laying and tieing the steel reinforcements, and pouring the concrete.  The second day of the 2017 Women’s build is on GO!!!! for Tuesday May, 9th. We will need all hands and the cook to help move the panels we build Saturday from Tennison Methodist Church to the build site on E. Ninth. Hope to you tomorrow at Tennison or the build site on Ninth Street.

Angela’s House Dedication

We are thrilled to report that Angela took possession of her new home on December 20thDSC02654.JPG.A beautiful dessert table was set by Vicki and Jaletta.


A loaded table of delicious snacks invited guest to partake and enjoy our celebration of the completion of Angela’s house.



Guest  ?   John Wood, Tom Nuchols

John Wood was a special guest from when Habitat first began building houses in Mt. Pleasant in 1992


Shane Winn looks on as Judy Capps, a friend of Angela, made the dedication. Friends of Angela’s from Hope’s Landing, were some of the many volunteers that made this such a success story.


Steve and Sally Newton from Nacogdoches drove up to help us celebrate our 25th Habitat home.  Reverend Newton, the pastor of the Presbyterian Church  in 1993, guided a group interested men and women through the detailed Habitat for Humanity chartering process.  Our first home was completed in 1994.  Sally wore many hats during those years. She painted, taped and bedded, and laid floor tile and just about any other job that came along.



Aaden and Adrian,  Angela sons, are proud of their new home and greeted guest in such a mature, gentlemen like manner.  Adrian, sixteen years old, worked  many hours helping their future home to become a reality.


Friends and volunteers from our sister affiliate in Pittsburg also came to help us celebrate this special home.



Jaye McDade, from the Pittsburg affiliate,  congratulates Angela Saucedo


Linda Baxter, from the Pittsburg Habitat Affiliate, and Vickie White share a moment of happiness and the feeling success for a job well done.


Rosalie Chambers and Tom Nuchols chat, perhaps remembering the many houses Rosalie worked on in years past.


It was a wonderful party for a lovely lady and her family. We are looking forward to the next one.