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Local Habitat Affiliate Closes
Houston County Courier - October 2009
The local Habitat for Humanity of Houston County Inc. organization will soon close it’s doors and transfer their assets to another nearby affiliate.
At the Oct. 8 monthly meeting, the board of directors passed a resolution to dissolve Habitat for Humanity of Houston County, Inc.
Organizers said the difficult decision resulted from the inability of the affiliate to function effectively.
Board member Joe Garms said, “For the past two years the organization has been struggling, trying different approaches to recruit and broaden a functional volunteer base.
“Unfortunately, it has not been able to develop an adequate volunteer base necessary to maintain an active board of directors, raise necessary operational funds, plan, supervise and construct a house.”
The board authorized a Dissolution Committee, consisting of President Carlton Jones, Member Joe Garms, and Member Carrie Garms.
The committee is to organize a plan, in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity International staff, to transfer assets to another affiliate, assure continuing support for the local partner families and to wind up Habitat’s affairs in Houston County.
“Houston County volunteers and supporting community churches and organizations can be proud to have participated in providing housing for two families that probably would not have been able to own a home,” Garms said.
He added that these families are now paying taxes to help support the local school district, city and county.
Citizens wishing to volunteer can participate in activities at the Habitat Affiliates in Lufkin, Nacogdoches, Tyler, Huntsville or Bryan-College Station.