Yet another Oklahoma family celebrated the holidays in their very own home, thanks to the generosity of retired business owners Gary and Diane Rumsey. This past fall the Rumseys donated $90,000 to Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity, to underwrite the full construction costs of the new dwelling.
Along with their donation, for the past four months they personally helped build the home and were assisted by their family and friends. A dedication ceremony celebrating its completion was held at the home in southwest Oklahoma City on Thursday, December 20.
In recognition of their support, the Rumseys were recently honored at Central Oklahoma Habitat’s annual Volunteer Recognition Event, where they formally presented their donation.
The recipients of the Rumseys’ philanthropy are the Trejo family, which includes parents Ruben and Trinidad, and their three children, one of whom has special needs. The Trejo family worked alongside the Rumseys and other volunteers to fulfill their 300 hours of required “sweat equity” during construction. While this year’s wet weather limited the amount of time the Rumseys and Trejos could spend together on the job site, they nonetheless formed a strong bond.
“I loved visiting with the family during the colors and styles selection process,” Diane Rumsey said. “We also loved the framing day process! Everyone working together to create a beautiful home for this family made it very special.”
“We are so grateful to have wonderful supporters like the Rumseys who really care about making a difference on a local level,” said Ann Felton Gilliland, Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity’s chairman and CEO. “This is not just a monetary donation we’re talking about in this case. The Rumseys and their friends came out rain and shine to help build this home for a deserving, hard-working family. We can’t thank them enough for their financial gift and for supporting our mission to help Oklahoma’s limited-income families achieve safe, stable housing.”
The Trejos’ new brick home is 1,509 square feet, with four bedrooms, plus a double car attached garage, a security alarm system and an eight-person capacity storm shelter. Central Oklahoma Habitat is one of the most energy-efficient builders in the state, and the home features geothermal vinyl double-pane windows, foam insulation in the walls and under the roof, and Class 4 impact-resistant composition shingles. The features in these homes typically save families as much as a third on their utility bills and homeowners’ insurance.
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 950 new homes in central Oklahoma since 1990, all sold at cost and with zero interest charged.