For Darweisha Williams, there is no substitute for living anywhere other than Wharton.
The memories she has of going to each of the homes of her mother and grandmother in her 20-plus years of living are priceless, she said.
Williams, who has two children, Kenlei Phynon, 8, and Khalif Phynon, 2, will soon live life this way.
This is because Williams is the 2019 recipient of a Wharton Habitat for Humanity home. A ground-breaking ceremony was held on Jefferson Street on Monday morning, Oct. 7.
“I am so thankful; I don’t have any other words to express what I am feeling,” Williams.
Williams was raised in a home where she lived with her mother and now that she has branched out on her own, she is living in a Wharton apartment.
She said there is nothing wrong with living in an apartment if that is what one can afford. But for Williams, who was joined by family and friends during the ceremony, said the reason she signed up for a Habitat home was for selfless reasons close to her heart.
“I really did this for my kids so they can have more place to be children and as a mother, you always want something better for your kids,” Williams said. “And having your own home is what it’s all about.”
There were officials with longtime ties to Wharton Habitat for Humanity, including Jared Cullar and board member Robert Pryor.
Cullar, who has been involved with the organization three years, and since he was a police officer with the Wharton Police Department, is now a Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace based in the same city he served in law enforcement.
He now serves as a magistrate for part of the county, but his work with Habitat has remained unchanged.
Cullar has done this more than 10 times and it never gets old to see a family go through the Habitat process that culminates with the key to a new home build from the ground up. Regarding Williams, Cullar said Habitat applied for a permit with the City of Wharton and as soon as all the paperwork is processed, work will begin.
The process may have been delayed with inclement weather and other matters, but Williams was not denied the home and the opportunity that led to the ceremony for her young family.
Habitat will continue to construct homes around the perimeter of Jefferson Street. One of the last ones occurred in 2016. Cullar also said this home is not tied to Hurricane Harvey, and that Williams’ application reflected that.
“Habitat builds one house per year and we don’t do this randomly, but rather on the greatest need,” said board member Robert Frier said.
A volunteer base is what makes Habitat for Humanity more effective in Wharton. The men said it’s what makes this program operate successfully.
Volunteers will be asked to give of their time to help construct the home. Most of the work is done on the weekends.
“I cannot leave Wharton, I have fa mily here who help me so muchb with my kids; my family is my biggest supporter in the things that I do,”