The Dallas Bar Association will dedicate its 25th and 26th houses for Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, June 11, at 9:00 a.m. The Dallas Bar Association is the longest running whole-house sponsor in Dallas.
“The DBA has done a Habitat for Humanity house for the past 24 years,” said Dallas Bar Association President Jerry Alexander, of Passman & Jones, P.C. “This year, through the generosity of AT&T, as arranged by its Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel David McAtee and the AT&T legal department, the DBA was able also to build AT&T/DBA house—a second Habitat for Humanity House on the same block as the 25th anniversary house!
“Mr. McAtee arranged for a generous donation from AT&T to help cover the costs of construction,” continued Mr. Alexander, “and the AT&T legal department provided some very enthusiastic labor in order to positively impact the life of a Dallas family, which is now on its way to home ownership.”
The Dallas Bar Association normally raises funds for, and builds, one house per year. This year, in honor of building its 25th Habitat home, the DBA has partnered with AT&T to build not one, but two Habitat homes.
“AT&T is delighted to have been a part of the DBA Home Project, and is proud to help provide a second opportunity for home ownership to a deserving family,” said Mr. McAtee.
The Habitat families invest in their new homes putting hundreds of hours of their own labor or “sweat equity” into them, working alongside volunteers and other Habitat homeowners. In addition, the family assumes an affordable monthly mortgage payment.
The DBA is proud to dedicate these homes to two deserving families—the Campos family and the Reh Meh family. The Campos family consists of Jose and Francisa and their children Danilo (8), Darwin (5) and Angelique (3). Jose is a painter for the Irving Independent School District and Francisca stays home with their children. After living in a crowded apartment for eight years, the children are so excited about having a new home and what it means to them—having beds and their own backyard .
The Reh Meh family consists of Pray Rey and Len and their children Poe (12) Pray (8) and Nga (6). Pray works for Standard Meat Company and Len stays home with their children. Everyone is looking forward to having a nice-sized living room to watch television. “Owning a home will be a big change from living in an apartment. We will have more space to just enjoy family.”
The Dallas Bar Association Home Project Committee coordinates the build and is led by co-chairs David Fisk, of Kane Russell Coleman & Logan PC, and Ethan Minshull, of Wick Phillips. Volunteer attorneys carry the torch, making the project what it is today: a coordinated effort by hundreds of Dallas attorneys that give their time and money to support the cause of affordable, decent housing. The central theme is that no commitment of time or money is too small; every hour and every dollar make a difference.
The Dallas Bar Association is a professional, voluntary organization of more than 11,000 Dallas-area attorneys. To learn more about the DBA Home Project Committee’s work with Habitat for Humanity, visit DBA Home Project on Facebook.