The Habitat for Humanity team in conjunction with workers from Prosper Lowe’s completed the revitalization of 208 N. Main St. in Prosper. Repairs included framing and replacing of the windows and doors, re-siding and painting of the home, as well as constructing and installing a wheelchair ramp. The work concluded on Wednesday, March 22, after two weeks of construction.


The home was all but destroyed by a fire that began due to the homeowners’ inability to make necessary repairs over several years. Fortunately, the Lowe’s in Prosper was generous enough to donate the money for materials and workers volunteered from both Lowe’s and Habitat for Humanity to complete repairs.


Project Manager Jill Bissell explained how she became involved with Habitat for Humanity.


“I moved to Texas five years ago and I didn’t know anyone,” Bissell said. “I had heard about Habitat for a long time and I knew I needed to meet people, so I looked them up online and went to orientation. I found out that they were going to Honduras and I’ve always wanted to do a mission like that. So, I went to Honduras two years in a row and then I started coming out to their local builds regularly. I also took a class to get my build crew accreditation and I’ve been working with them Saturdays and Wednesdays for the last five years. It’s been a great experience and they are really great people.”


Bissell was one of the many volunteers present at Wednesday’s build. Other volunteers included members of the Hands and Hammers Team and Serve Team Six Volunteer Team, local volunteer groups that work with Habitat for Humanity to serve the community.


Homeowner Lupe Martinez was ecstatic over the completed repairs.


“I am so happy,” Martinez said. “I can’t believe it. I couldn’t be any happier with the repairs. They are such wonderful people and have been so friendly to my family. Me and my husband are so grateful to everyone and all of their help.”


According to their website, Habitat for Humanity of North Collin County is committed to eliminating substandard housing and has been working towards this goal since they opened in 1992. Their home repair program is called “A Brush With Kindness.” This program assists low income families with exterior repairs. Habitat for Humanity strives to build relationships with the community through their training and service programs.