Dr. D Dedicates Home
Houma - A young single mother and her daughter received the keys t their new home in Gray which was built by volunteers from all over the country.
Dr. AJ delaHoussaye (Dr. D) and Monique Robinson of SEECA Medical, Inc. dedicated a home to Jenise Jackson and her beautiful baby girl Ja'Cea, in the Angel Place Subdivision on Bon Jovi Blvd in Gray. The Habitat for Humanity Women Build began building this house in May, 2009 and dedicated it on October 1, 2009.
The Bayou Area Habitat for Humanity originated in Thibodaux in 1996 and is now a Tri-parish organization. During Robinson's senior year at ED White Catholic High School, she was a member of the board to select the first family to receive a Habitat Home and was so passionate about the effect the organization made on that family's life that she wanted to become involved once more by becoming a committee member of the Bayou Area Habitat for Humanity Women Build.
The uniqueness of the Women Build is geared to get women involved in the community and actually build these homes. There were over 100 women volunteers involved in the building process. The Women Build committee had to find sponsors for this event to be a success.
Along with Dr. D, a golden hammer sponsor, several other sponsors pulled together to ensure Ms. Jackson a home. Among the sponsors were Lowes, Qatar, and Books-A-Million. Hans Geist fabricated the art work for the volunteers pink Hearts and Hammers t-shirts. Luci Sposito, Marketing Director for the Mayor of Thibodaux, did a commendable job sending information in electronic newsletters to promote the Women Build.
"This event made me very happy to help someone who was so appreciative to receive something that many take for granted, having a home." says Dr. D. "It made me feel lucky to be a part of something that brought so much joy to Jenise and Ja'Cea. Seeing them go into their home for the first time is something I will remember for the rest of my life."
At the dedication, Dr. D and Robinson handed over the keys to Jackson, the new homeowner. A very emotional Robinson said, "The whole experience was summed up when Ja'Cea, Jenise's daughter said 'We are going into our new house.' That statement summed up all the hard work, dedication, and purpose behind the Habitat for Humanity Women's Build."