Home has never been so sweet for polio survivor Abdel Amraoui, who on Tuesday was handed the keys to his very first home.
Emigrated to the United States in 2001 from Casablanca, Amraoui faced homelessness, with a remaining paralysis in his legs and an inability to understand English. Hard work, determination and help from friends like Coventry Homes, Plantation Homes and others involved in the 2016 KPRC Habitat Home has earned Amraoui, his wife and three children a new home through Houston Habitat for Humanity.
“We’re so excited to get out and move to a better place,” Amraoui said. “The kids are going to have their own space where they can do their homework, have their own area — it’s big for us.”
Work began on the KPRC Habitat Home in January in the parking lot of the KPRC Channel 2 studios. Corporate employees of Coventry Homes and Plantation Homes picked up tools early on to help construct the home, unloading and installing finished frames, securing the frame to the foundation and attaching anchors and windstorm clips. It is the third consecutive year Coventry Homes and Plantation Homes have participated in the project.
“On behalf of all the employees at Coventry Homes and Plantation Homes, we were honored to be part of this project once again,” said Gary Tesch, president of McGuyer Homebuilders, Inc., (MHI), parent company of Coventry Homes and Plantation Homes. “This is such an exciting day, and to hear the story of the Amraoui family and to be part of it all is just tremendously special.”
The four-bedroom brick home is located in Harrel Park 2, a northeast Houston neighborhood being developed by Habitat for Humanity. The recipient selection process is new this year, with six approved families invited to participate in construction of the home. Amraoui, who now works full time in the IRS Taxpayer-Advocacy Division, and his wife Laila were told April 5 they had been selected to receive the home. Joining Coventry Homes and Plantation Homes in sponsoring the KPRC Habitat Home were Star Furniture, Christian Brothers Automotive, Pappas Restaurants and Shipley Donuts.
The Houston Habitat for Humanity organization has been active in the Houston area for 28 years, building 1,000 homes for approximately 4,000 low-income residents. More information can be found at http://www.houstonhabitat.org/
McGuyer Homebuilders, Inc., (MHI) offers homes throughout five major markets in Texas under its signature brands Coventry Homes, Plantation Homes and Wilshire Homes. The company received the Humanitarian of the Year award for its extensive community outreach during the 2015 Houston’s Best PRISM Awards presented by the Greater Houston Builders Association. For more information, visit www.mcguyerhomebuilders.com.