For many, the Habitat for Humanity experience ends with a handing over of keys and tears of joy. But then there are others who continue their experience to make sure others can feel the same thing. One Bryan woman who did just that.
For about the first decade and a half of her life, Kathleen Murray called Trinidad home.
Her journey from there was anything but normal. After Murray and her family moved to the Virgin Islands for a year, they went to North Carolina. Kathleen headed to Houston, got married and had kids.
The marriage didn't last, and from what some might call a luxurious lifestyle, Murray was left with less than stellar living conditions at the start of this decade.
"During the separation, I moved to Bryan," Murray said I didn't have everything that I had when I was married, so I looked into Habitat. That's when I looked into Habitat.
"I was a bit too proud to ask for help with Habitat I was like, 'oh no, not me.'"
This was the end of the journey, a new home Murray moved into in 2003, the year after she was chosen for a house. Her journey during that year was not easy, as she, like so many others, spent time on work sites building homes.
"I was there day in, day out, Tuesday to Saturday," Murray said. "I went after work. I got up at 6 a.m., took my daughter to school, and went straight to the site.
"It's worth it, because when you get your keys, you're like, 'yes, it's mine," she said. "No one can take it away from me. I have worked for this."
Now, five years in her Habitat home, Murray is helping others make their dreams come true. She volunteers her time looking over the applications of potential future homeowners, crossing Ts and dotting Is to make sure deserving people have taken and will take the steps needed.
It was a decision to volunteer she made when she first accepted by Habitat.
"[I wanted to] give someone else the opportunity that I had, because as I started working I saw others out there that were giving someone else the opportunity," Murray said.
It takes the efforts of so many people to make dreams come true for families in need of a home. Your chance to help Habitat comes Thursday. News 3 will be at Post Oak Mall at the corner of Highway 6 and Harvey Road all day asking for your donations to the Builder's Blitz. Click on the link below to learn more about the fundraiser.