For years, the former Bowen Baptist Church sanctuary served as a spiritual home for many.
Within the next year the land will be repurposed into seven or eight Habitat for Humanity homes for Tulsa families.
Mangled metal and piles of brick sit where Bowen Baptist Church stood for 75 years.
TULSA, Oklahoma -
It took just 16 days for volunteers to build eight new Habitat houses in Tulsa.
They called it a “super blitz.”
The families on Saturdays got to move into their new homes.
It’s sprucing up a once-dilapidated neighborhood.
There’s new energy in the 2700 block of North Rockford. (click here to read entire story…)
8 Families + 8 Homes = 16 Days
ONEOK and ONE Gas are presenting the Tulsa Habitat for Humanity 2014 Super Blitz! The Super Blitz project will be a 16-day build in which we will build eight homes with eight families. Wall-raising day will be Friday, May 30. These homes should be completed by Saturday, June 14. There will be 2,500 volunteer slots available over this 16-day period.
“The Super Blitz gives us an opportunity to make a huge impact on two neighborhoods in a short period of time,” says Paul Kent, executive director, Tulsa Habitat. “We are honored that we have ONEOK and ONE Gas partnering with us in this way and thank them for their continued support and service to the community of Tulsa.”
Most Tulsa Habitat homes are built on consecutive Saturdays and take approximately 10-12 weeks. We will be building every day for this 16-day period so we need volunteers every day of the week. Groups are welcome and encouraged to participate. This is a great team-building exercise for workgroups. Contact Paula Blalock to schedule a group at firstname.lastname@example.org
These eight families are excited to be a part of this great project. Families will have completed a majority of their Homeowners Education Program, which consists of a money management seminar, workshops on homeownership and house-building components in our Habitat woodshop. They also will spend time building on their homes with the volunteers. Home recipients will soon be homeowners and begin repaying a 20-year, zero interest mortgage. The principal from these mortgages will go directly back into Tulsa Habitat and be used to help other Tulsa families with homeownership.
ONEOK and ONE Gas, will be joined by the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation and Hilti as Community Sponsors. Whirlpool will be participating as a Neighborhood Sponsor. There is still time to join us. If you would like to donate for this project click here
If you have ever wanted to come out and help build a home with Tulsa Habitat – this is your chance – be a Habitat Hero! No experience necessary and all tools are provided. Come join us!