North Collin County Habitat for Humanity celebrated the construction of its 67th home at a dedication ceremony Saturday, Sept 10th, at 317 Carver. The new homeowners, the Bernal Family, thanked all those who worked so hard to help them reach this goal. Volunteers from Bank of America have worked the past 12 weeks to make this home a reality for this family. “Money comes and goes, but time is precious. The volunteers that work on this house are Heroes. Habitat Heroes that spend their precious time to help create change, improvements, and new beginnings,” said Celeste H. Cox, Executive Director.
Gillian Briedenback, Sr. VP of Bank of America, said “B of A has built over 30 homes in the area this year and this home was built with 275 Associates with over 1200 hours” she was excited to introduce her team and welcome this family to their new home in McKinney.
The ceremony was opened with a flag ceremony by the American Legion post 21 in the Colony and special recognition of two Vietnam Vets: Richard Sandoval and Dee Rushing. An opening prayer was given by Rev. James Warden, Jr from Transforming Body of Christ Church. A golden hammer was presented to Alfredo Ventura for outstanding work on the home. After explaining that the Bernal Family had performed over 500 sweat equity hours working on their home and the homes of others as a requirement for becoming Habitat homeowners, Steve Smith, SR VP National Servicing Exec. Bank of America, presented the family with the key to their new home and a Bible.
At the end of the ceremony, Tajuana turned the key to open the doorway to their new home and invited supporters inside for a tour of the home. The home was then blessed by Rev. James Warden.
Dionicio and Tajuana Bernal learned about Habitat for Humanity from friends and family who saw their need. They have six children, Myosha, Dionicio III, Devon, Dominique, Francesca and Alexis, and are McKinney natives who were not able to own their own home due to economic circumstances. The Bernal’s went to NCC-Habitat and through sweat-equity are able to finally have the home they have been hoping for.
“Words cannot express the great joy that I feel every time we talk to someone about our home or how our children will be coming home every day to a home and a room that is all theirs,” Tajuana said. “I know that this will just make them see that their dreams can come true.”
Through donations of money and materials and volunteer labor, North Collin County Habitat for Humanity was able to build the home and sell it at an affordable price. The Bernal Family purchased the home with a no-profit loan, and their monthly mortgage payments will be used to build more Habitat houses.