Habitat looking to build here this fall

By Bob Buckel | Published Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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Habitat for Humanity has cleared a couple of major hurdles in the effort to build a house in Decatur.

They have a homeowner, and they have a lot.

Now they’re looking for volunteers, and a little more money.

Trinity Habitat for Humanity has built nearly 500 homes in 15 communities across Wise, Parker, Tarrant and Johnson counties. As of this month, they have a donated lot on which to build at 202 W. Oak St. in Decatur.

Contingent on funding, the five-week project is scheduled to start Nov. 7 and finish up with landscaping in the latter half of December.

The homeowner is Charolett Schmerber, a pharmacy technician at Wal-Mart and a single mom with a 9-year-old daughter. She’s currently renting but is looking forward to realizing her dream of having a home with a yard and enough space for her older kids and grandkids to come visit.

“Getting in a home was never something I could see us doing,” she told the Wise County Build Team at a meeting Tuesday. “I never saw myself owning a home, so this was a big deal to us – the sense of accomplishment, security, giving my daughter a steady place to grow up, a yard to play in – most of all, a place to call home.”

After going through a rigorous qualification process and training, Schmerber has been putting in some of her required 250 volunteer hours over the past year, working on Habitat houses in other parts of the Metroplex.

“It’s been an awesome experience, volunteering,” she said. “We’ve met so many people. It’s been great.”

Almost a third of the $66,000 needed to build the home has already been pledged through the United Way and a local church. Another $45,340 is needed – and about $15,000 of that can be in-kind work by qualified builders.

Concrete, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, brick and roofing are all items that could be donated in-kind. Sponsor relations manager Beth Lopez is ready to talk to anyone – church, civic organization, company or individual – who may be interested in helping on the Decatur house.

“We need pledges by Aug. 30 in order to be able to get on this schedule,” she said. She urged the Build Committee members to “get the word out.”

For more information, call Lopez at 817-793-2384 or email Those wishing to donate can do so on the website at To volunteer to work on the building project in November, call Lopez or email

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