HARKER HEIGHTS (March 23, 2014) More than 100 people showed up the 20th anniversary celebration of the Bell County Habitat for Humanity at Sean's Pub on Sunday.
The organization built 66 homes in the last two decades, said Steve Church, Habitat for Humanity executive director. "Habitat gives them an opportunity to live that American dream," he said. "It's not a hand out, it's a hand up and it's Christianity with it's sleeves rolled up."
The local bar made some last minute changes to its facility in the last week to prepare for the celebration, which included building a wooden deck, a stage, a beach volleyball court, and a horse shoe pit.
"I want to put a great thank you out to all those other businesses. It's not just one business, but it's the community that's making this work," said Robert Wieland, Sean's Pub owner.
About a dozen bands also offered their talent at no charge for the benefit.
"All these contributions that the bands and the community here are so important because another family is going to have housing because what we are doing today," said Henry Moore, owner of Moore Management Company.
The event was also held to help raise money, as the organization plans to rehabilitate its 67th home in Killeen for the Sterling family, as well as build its 68th home also in Killeen for the Vosberg family later this year.
"Whenever anybody ask me about the program I am more than willing to share and tell about it," said Susan Haberland, Killeen resident who received the keys to her home from the organization about nine years ago. "It was a really wonderful experience after I got in my house."
"It shows people that when you live in a household that the children are going to do a lot better in school, and they are going to be more productive," Church said.