For the first time in three years, Taffy Shahbozian and her teenage daughter will finally be moving into a stable house, all thanks to Habitat for Humanity, an article on MailTribune.com reports. Travis Gilpin - a construction executive from Texas – says it is stories like this that keep him volunteering his time and money to the cause.
The Shahbozians are moving back into the same home they’ve lived in, though it is a tad different now. Before, when the home was in foreclosure, the house had mold, was infested by pests, and was downright dangerous. But then Rouge Valley Habitat for Humanity decided to renovate the house so the women could live a in a normal, two-bedroom home. Usually, it is cheaper to build houses from the ground up, but funds became available that allowed the organization to renovate the house for the Shahbozians.
Travis Gilpin Praises Habitat Initiatives
Travis Gilpin is the vice president of a company that engineers, designs and installs foundations in Texas. He regularly donates supplies and his time to his local chapter of Habitat for Humanity because he has seen first-hand how much it helps. In the case of the Shahbozians, the house is a blessing. Taffy and her 14-year-old daughter lived in a number of rentals after losing their home to foreclosures after a divorce. Each of these rental units had one problem or another, ranging from pests to homeless people trying to break in.
The grant of $96,000 that paid for her house will be repaid on a 30-year mortgage, though she will pay no interest on the money. She and her daughter say they have been given a new lease on life, not just because of the stability of the home but also the urge to give back. They both invested about 500 hours of work into rebuilding their own house and plan to continue to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. This way, they get to help many other people in their community feel the same joy they felt when they were able to move into their new home for the first time.
Travis Gilpin says he is not surprised by the women wanting to volunteer further with the charity. He said once a person is touched by Habitat for Humanity, they are typically so grateful that they want to continue helping the charity in whatever ways they can.
Travis Gilpin is the vice president of Consolidated Reinforcement and owns Gilpin Extrusion.