Habitat for Humanity dedicated five newly built homes at the Casa Ingles subdivision in Pharr in honor of those whose actions enabled Habitat to become the success it is today. It was a day of celebration as the families gathered to officially receive their keys to their homes and the Bible each Habitat family is given. As a special treat, the Tip of Texas Needlework Club prepared a name plaque for each family.

Houses were dedicated in memory of Bill Clayton, a long time volunteer and valuable member of the board, in honor of Luis Sattilo, a world renown artist who has become involved with Habitat, the State Farm Insurance Agents of the Valley for their contributions, the Rotary Clubs of McAllen, Mission and Edinburg for their involvement and finally, in memory of Rev. Ernest and Doris Miller.

Rev. Miller was the founder of the Rio Grande Habitat for Humanity and his wife, Doris, continued to be involved with the organization after his passing. A major cheerleader for Habitat, Doris even insisted her new minister get involved with Habitat as it was the “right” thing to do, seeing as how her husband had started it.

The subdivision has been growing over the years and now has only four Habitat lots left at that location.

Each family must put in 300 sweat equity hours towards their home and the majority of them put in much more. All families attend a six hour course to learn how to make and follow a budget, open a checking account and maintain their new home.

The day was filled with laughter, joy and great food to commemorate this special occasion.