Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity necesita voluntarios queue hablan español — needs volunteers who can speak Spanish — to serve as translators.
The need is especially great for its Family Support Committee, the group of volunteers who guide and encourage Habitat homebuyers through the process of contributing “sweat equity” and the other steps from poverty housing — slums — to their new home.
Habitat also sometimes needs Vietnamese speakers, as well. To volunteer, call 232-4828.
By the way, can you believe it? Central Oklahoma Habitat will dedicate its 700th home next Wednesday in Yukon's Wagner Lake Estates addition. Way to go. More on that next week.
“Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry working in partnership with God and the community to build simple, decent, affordable housing, and to provide hope for responsible, hardworking, limited income families living in substandard conditions. Homes that Central Oklahoma Habitat builds are purchased at cost — and at no interest — by qualifying limited income families in need of better housing.”
As a student at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, I am doing supervised ministry this semester with Habitat and Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ in Oklahoma City.
A ‘Class B' city?
How irksome. Oklahoma City a Big League City? Nope. Not yet in the eyes of commercial real estate people in the rest of the country.
The following came with the announcement of a recent major apartment purchase (duly reported):
“This purchase is in line with (the buyer's) strategy of buying in thriving secondary markets like Oklahoma City, unlike most of its counterparts that target primary locations. (The buyer) has actually found that these ‘Class B' locations actually perform just as well, if not better, than their ‘Class A' counterparts. Might be an interesting story since the big players always go after those gateway markets ...”
Yes, they actually do, and we are actually proud this buyer noticed. Don't get me wrong. We're glad to be thriving.
Not being on a coast and not having an international hub airport, we're pretty much shut out of “gateway” status. Yes, there still are more hours on the clock than there are things to see, do, eat and drink in and experience here.
We still do not have business and industry that never sleeps. Therein lies Oklahoma City's future.
But come on, watch that “‘Class B' snark, will ya?