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COHFH CEO Ann Felton Gilliland and Fox 25's Meg Alexander tour the OKC ReStore.

Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity In-Kind Donors

In-kind donations helps Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity keep the cost of houses down.

Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity Family Pays Off Debt to Realize Homeownership

All Soul’s Episcopal Church Donates $90,000 for Home Build

OKLAHOMA CITY (Nov. 22, 2016) – A Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity family realizes their dream of homeownership seven years after they applied to the program. Rocky and Camille Bratton, and their three children received the keys to their new home in the Legacy Estates Addition in Oklahoma City at a home dedication ceremony held Saturday, November 19.

“Knowing that God was in control is what kept my husband and I going this whole time. We've tried wherever possible in our lives to be a blessing to others knowing that God is always in control. Seeing this dream come together is all the affirmation we ever needed. Our children also had a great deal to do with that. The thought of being able to give them a more secure and stable environment kept us pushing through,” said Camille Bratton, homeowner.

The family decided early on that Camille would be a stay at home mom, so Rocky works two jobs as a lead insurance replacement specialist at the Hertz Corporation and as a youth specialist for Youth for Christ in order to make ends meet.

Camille applied for a Central Oklahoma Habitat home in 2009 but the family was told they had to pay off debt and credit cards before being accepted into the program.

“Many times our families do not make it through our process the first time because of too much debt, however we work with our families and send them to Consumer Credit Counseling to help them get their finances in order so they can successfully go through our program,” said Ann Felton Gilliland, CEO and chairman for Central Oklahoma Habitat. “I admire the perseverance of this family to take the initiative to work through their debts and learn how to budget for their expenses.  We know that it can be a big transition for our families to go from renting to homeownership. And that’s why we do everything we can to educate them regarding the responsibilities of homeownership.”

The Brattons agree. They say the whole process challenged them to become better stewards of their income and pay closer attention to their credit.

All Souls’ Episcopal Church donated $90,000 and provided numerous volunteers during the home build.

“Camille and Rocky are an inspirational and a deserving family, giving back to their community as leaders with Youth for Christ. I would like to thank all the parishioners at All Soul’s Episcopal church that donated their time and money to build this home for the Bratton Family!  We are honored to have partnered with Habitat for Humanity and their incredible building crew to see the fruit of our labor create a Christ-centered home in our community,” said Jamie Lathrop, parishioner and leader at All Souls’ Episcopal Church.

Rocky Bratton says before the framing of the house ever started, The Rev. Patrick Bright and his staff at All Souls’ brought he and his family to the church so they could get to know them.

“They didn’t want to just check a box and say they made their donation. This was an intimate experience. We are grateful for that; it was real. They took us out to eat and got to know us. All the blessings are great but it is the relationship that will last. We will be forever grateful,” said Rocky Bratton, homeowner.

The Brattons completed 300 hours of sweat equity to serve as a down payment on the home and now make zero-percent interest mortgage payments.

“Central Oklahoma Habitat is a blessing that keeps on giving as the homeowners pay for their house, and thus provide capital for further home building,” said The Rev. Patrick Bright, priest at All Souls Episcopal Church.


About Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity

Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry that provides affordable housing for hardworking, limited-income families. The organization has built more than 800 new homes in central Oklahoma since 1990, all sold at cost and with no interest charged.

ReStore and renew: Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity seeks volunteers to help at resale outlets

Giving back. That is why Michael Ireland says he continues to volunteer with Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity (COHFH) even though he has worked enough ReStore hours that he is now donating his extra hours to other homeowners in the program.  

e at the store so much when he started working to earn his “sweat equity” hours he decided he was not ready to quit when he reached his goal.  “The main thing is I appreciate what they (COHFH) did for me,” he said.
Michael is a Vietnam veteran and a COHFH homebuyer who expects to be in his new home in September.  He told us he enjoys his task of sorting through donated items to parcel out to other volunteers for stocking the ReStore shelves.  His varied career experiences as a carpenter, grocery store staffer and public works employee have given him a well-rounded knowledge of businesses and people, which makes him a very valuable volunteer.  
He also said he enjoys his time at the ReStore because he has an opportunity to interact with the store’s staff members and other volunteers, and he likes being busy.  He told us, “I like the people. I like being here. I just enjoy it.”
A newly donated box of household items brings a smile to Michael’s face.  His natural curiosity, and a great sense of humor, helps keep him amused as he begins to sort through the assorted once-treasured items that have been donated to become new treasures for ReStore shoppers.  This is just one of the many tasks Michael cheerfully takes on during his time as a volunteer.  Because ReStore sales help fund the construction of five to six of the 45 houses built each year, Michael’s time there especially valuable to COHFH.  
Michael Ireland is well acquainted with service to others.  As a Vietnam vet he served his country, in business he served the public, as a COHFH volunteer he serves our mission and his community.  Thank you Mr. Ireland, for continually giving of yourself! 


Local blogger competing in home decor competition, winner donates prize to good cause

Edmond, Okla.-The 2016 FrogTape Paintover Challenge is happening now and six SIY home décor bloggers are in a cafty competition to see who can makeover their space the best using three things: paint, painter’s tape and a $1,000 budget.

One of the bloggers is Allison Griffith, who lives in Edmond, with Refunk My Junk.The winner will be announced June 27th and gets to donate $5,000 to the charity of their choice.

Griffith chose Habitat for Humanity.

Voting is open until Thursday, June 9th at 12 p.m.

To vote, click here http://www.paintoverchallenge.com/vote

Local DIY Blogger takes on challenge to help Habitat for Humanity

DIY Blogger Allison Griffith of RefunkmyJunk stopped by Living Oklahoma to talk about the Frog Tape Paintover Challenge. Griffith is among six bloggers taking part in the challenge. If she wins, $5,000 will be donated to the Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity non-profit organization.

A nationwide online vote will determine the winner. Voting ends Thursday, June 9th. To vote for Griffith and Refunkmyjunk go to paintoverchallenge.com/vote.

Volunteers, funding needed for Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity’s 15th Women Build

Maria Wright is putting in the sweat — “sweat equity” — for her own home, working alongside volunteers, in construction that kicked off May 6 with other women in Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity's 15th Women Build.

Fallin to tour inmate program

Gov. Mary Fallin will tour the Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity’s inmate program, which is contracted through the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity’s headquarters...

Restaurants support Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity through Dine to Donate

Oklahoma City-area restaurants are participating in Dine to Donate to support Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity's new Legacy Estates addition at Wilshire Boulevard and Council Road.

Central Oklahoma Habitat builds its 800th home

FROM STAFF REPORTS • Published: July 3, 2015

Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity is celebrating several milestones: the completion of its 800th home build, its 2015 Women Build and its 400th home built with an energy efficient geothermal system.

Metro family moves into Habitat for Humanity’s 800th home

OKLAHOMA CITY —A metro family has something extra-special to celebration this Fourth of July weekend. Not only will they be celebrating America’s independence, they’ll also be celebrating home ownership.

“We’ve had many early mornings and many long nights,” said Michele Baker. “We’ve learned things together."

The single mother of four is talking about the lessons and skills she’s picked up during the process of applying for and eventually receiving a Habitat for Humanity home.

Baker works at a hotel in downtown Oklahoma City and has put in 300 sweat-equity hours, gone through the application process and taken the necessary steps required to be a recipient of the home. She admits it wasn’t easy.

“I’d given it a try several times and didn’t quite get accepted the first couple of times,” said Baker. “I wasn’t going to give up. I tried and kept trying and finally I got a letter saying to come down to the office and they’d be willing to work with me.”

On Thursday, Baker closed on her new home. The five-bedroom, two-bath house is a dream come true for the family.

“We have more room than we’re used to,” said Baker. “I’m not used to having a garage and all this space.”

Everyone in the family will have a room to call their own. It's a big change from the small apartment the family was living in.

“We made do with what we had,” said Baker.

This holiday weekend, the family plans to move all their belongings out of storage and settle into their new home.

The family’s home is the 800th home constructed by Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity. Baker said the project brought countless people together, most of them women, many of whom she now considers close friends.

The nonprofit said more than 150 women helped construct the home as part of its 2015 Women Build.

“They taught me things I never would have imagined,” Baker said. “This process has taught me to not give up and to keep trying. Things will happen. Just don’t give up on what you want.”

For more information of Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity, its services and homes, click here.

Kimray founder’s family donates for Habitat home

Tom and Kay Hill donated to Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity to honor Kay’s late father, Garman Kimmell, founder of Kimray Inc.

Blueknight Energy Partners Teams up with Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity

More than 60 employees of Blueknight Energy Partners (BKEP) traded their suits and ties for hammers and nails as they framed a home, their first with Central Oklahoma Habitat (COHFH), for Zenia M. and her son.  In addition to supplying the manpower for the job the company partially funded the home as well. “Blueknight is honored to partner with Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity, one of Oklahoma’s finest humanitarian organizations, in the framing and development of a home for this special family,” said Mark Hurley, president and CEO, Blueknight Energy Partners. “I am proud of our team members who came from all over the state to assist in the project as they exemplify Blueknight’s commitment to the community through their service.”  Adding, “I also want to thank Ann Felton and her staff for making opportunities like this possible. They are truly changing the lives of many Oklahomans each year.”

What is HOPE?

Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity...building houses...building hope.

Energy FC Assists Habitat for Humanity on Yukon Home

Jun 24, 2014 - Players and staff from Energy FC spent the day Tuesday working with Habitat for Humanity of Central Oklahoma in Yukon, part of Express Employment Professionals' "30 Years with 30 Homes" initiative.

Oklahoma Red Cross Awards $48,000 Grant to Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity

April 24, 2014 , Moore , OK - The American Red Cross awards a grant to the Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity for $48,000 for the installation of twenty storm shelters in newly built homes in communities affected by the 2013 spring storms.

Habitat For Humanity To Purchase 30 Lots In Moore

MOORE, Oklahoma - Feb. 28, 2014

Let the rebuild continue! Aid from all over has come to help set a new foundation for Moore. And on Friday, Habitat for Humanity is changing one family's life, while setting blueprints for at least 30 more.  The Henderson's put it best by saying "we feel reborn." And that is exactly the plan in Moore.

"I feel like we've been given a second chance," said Louis Henderson.

Central Oklahoma Habitat partner on home build for Moore family impacted by tornadoes

OKLAHOMA CITY – Jan. 12, 2014 Alifonzo and Alma Carrera could never have imagined being able to build a new home when they moved to the United States two years ago.  Now with the help of Access Midstream and Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity, that distant dream is becoming reality.

“We heard about Habitat for Humanity’s new home construction program and thought that it might be the help we needed,” Alifonzo said.