Smith Co. Habitat for Humanity CEO receives leadership award
POSTED: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 5:43pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 5:53pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — The Smith County Habitat for Humanity was awarded a special honor at a recent statewide conference.
The annual "Mary Ruth Rodenbaugh Leadership Award" has been given to CEO Jack Wilson.
He was chosen out of the 85 Habitat for Humanity locations across the state.
With a background in architecture, Jack Wilson began working with the Smith County Habitat for Humanity in 2008.
In 2009 Wilson took the initiative to start their Critical Repair Program to provide emergency home improvements to seniors, veterans, and those with disabilities.
"It's because of the work of Jack Wilson and his dream to have this Critical Repair Program. That is why we received this award" says Deanna Harrison the Director of Development.
So far, the program has helped more than 285 people remain in their homes and that number continues to grow weekly.
Now, the non-profit is preparing to begin construction on their 101st home.
"He has improved the quality of our new home construction since coming. He has done several things that have made them energy efficient and now all of our new home construction receives the highest energy efficiency ratings possible."
Between funding from state and federal grants, and now a $200,000 grant from the Texas Veterans Commission, the Smith County Habitat for Humanity expects to be changing and improving lives for decades to come.