Ladies group changes lives through Habitat for Humanity

By Community Reports - 11/21/2010

Members of Top Ladies of Distinction Inc., Lake Houston Chapter, joined Habitat for Humanity and hundreds of volunteers from corporate America, local agencies and community volunteers in building two homes in the Fifth Ward Community.

Under the direction of Ladies Kimberly Agnew Borders, president; Willie Mae Phillips, community beautification chair; and Thelma Johnson, community partnership chair, three members of the Lake Houston Chapter assisted in the framing of two new homes.

“It was a gratifying day to know that we were helping to change lives through our volunteer efforts, and I was glad to be a part of such a worthwhile opportunity,” Laurice Brown, Lake Houston member, said.

Stephen Sye, corporate development manager for Habitat for Humanity, reminded all volunteers, in his opening statement, that Habitat for Humanity brings families and communities in need together with volunteers and resources to build decent, affordable houses.

Ladies Thelma Johnson, Laurice Brown and Willie Mae Phillips meet the Butler family at the Habitat for Humanity build in the Fifth Ward community.
The Lake Houston members met one of the families that will soon occupy one of the two new homes.

“The Roderick and Chandra Butler family’s story, which was told on a local news station recently, really touched my heart, so meeting them was a life-changing experience. The family, even though the father has physical limitations, has devoted 300-plus hours to acquire and retain their home at cost, so Lake Houston was proud to donate its hours to their cause,” Brown said.

While the Butlers wait for their new home to be completed, the Lake Houston Chapter of Top Ladies of Distinction Inc. and Top Teens of America will provide the Thanksgiving meal to the family through its first “Food for the Cause” canned food drive.

According to Phillips, once the Butler family moves in, the Lake Houston Chapter will aid in beautifying the home with flowers and plants.

“This is what Top Ladies of Distinction and Top Teens of America are all about—helping others. We extend our hands in service to lift citizens up when they are in need. We are there when the need arises,” Johnson said.

Brown, Phillips and Johnson represented the Lake Houston Chapter at the build.

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