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The Luxury of Actually Owning a Home - Giving back in Austin Texas and Beyond!

AFHS LOGOI remember sitting in church in 1996 and seeing a couple walk on to the pulpit wearing tool belts. Odd, yes and then they began talking about a group called "Habitat for Humanity". Francis and Lori Fey speaking at River Bend Church http://www.riverbend.com/  introduced me to the organization. Along with a few others, I met them after church and agreed to help out with the next River Bend/Habitat Build for the Norma Avalos Family.(One of many sponsored by River Bend)

Before entering real estate in 1989, I had a construction background of over sixteen years as an Apprentice, Journeyman Carpenter, Construction Foreman and Furniture Designer/Builder but never encountered anything quite like "Habitat for Humanity". I was a fan of Jimmy Carter and say what you will about his years as President, he has gone on to prove that he is a true humanitarian and does indeed practice what he preaches! What's great about a Habitat site is that every work day begins with a prayer, no one starts a fight and you only hear a few bad words. And I will admit that they usually are uttered by me. (Old habits are hard to break but I am improving). Since working on that home in 1996, I have worked on various builds, homes and projects as a Carpenter, Crew leader and House leader for  Austin Habitat for Humanity

Gulf Port Family BuildAs a Real Estate Broker, I work with buyers and sellers of upscale homes in the luxury market in Austin Texas. I enjoy my work immensely and make a good living. I do have to say that it's incredibly gratifying seeing a family that is "in-between" (not able to qualify for a regular mortgage but making too much to receive assistance) get the chance to own a home! I remember one year at a house dedication where all of the family was there except for one of the children who had just left for college. That's cool that a poor working class family could actually get child in to a school but what was mind boggling was the circumstance. The mom barely spoke English. Both she and her husband worked multiple jobs to raise the family and make sure the kids took school seriously. In fact, the son who left for college had a PERFECT ATTENDANCE RECORD for TWELVE YEARS. I was so impressed by that dedication and perseverance and by the fact that Habitat indeed represents the concept of: "A hand up, not a hand out!" Click on this link to learn more about Austin Habitat for Humanity

Habitat Volunteer CrewThis year I had the good fortune to travel to Gulfport Mississippi and participate in the annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project 2008 - The Gulf Coast to help with rebuilding nearly three years after Katrina. It was an unbelievable experience and with my friend, Pat Horne, I worked with volunteers from all over the country to restore homes that were that had been severely damaged. The homes had new roofs installed, were stripped to the studs, sheet rocked and textured. Our crew painted the interior (I will never again say that painters have it easy!), installed flooring and new doors, trimmed out all windows and door frames and installed new cabinetry.

What was incredibly gratifying was working with so many young AmeriCorps volunteers. Wonderfully gifted and hard working, most of them in college or headed for graduate school and with such a great attitude. (They even helped me overcome my prejudice about vegetarians and VEGANS!) If you ever have doubts about the next generation, you can stop worrying. There were several local volunteers who also took time off from work to help out and it was truly a communal effort. No matter where you are, there is probably a Habitat For Humanity affiliate nearby. Check them out when you have a chance and you should make the effort to "make some time". I promise that after showing up you will learn something about building, meet some new friends and leave with more than you can imagine in the way of experience, new understanding and a true sense of thankfulness.

Crew Picture with the Carter's

One of the things I had hoped to accomplish this year was to actually meet Jimmy Carter and maybe get a picture. Well, I finally got my  chance. The Carter's worked on one of the new builds and also attended the different functions that ended each work day. I was amazed at the boundless energy of both of them as they put in long hours each day and hope that I also have that kind of energy and drive when I am older. On the last day before everyone departed for home, the Carters showed up to have pictures taken with the different housing crews. I was pretty excited and managed to say hello and shake their hands. The picture was taken and when I received it later this summer...there I was, with my eyes completely shut...looking like Forrest Gump! Ah well...it just gives me a reason to show up again next year and if you have the opportunity, I hope you do too! I would like to thank my friends Pat Horne (House lead on too many homes to list), Donita Haden (long time Austin volunteer coordinator), Michael Willard (Austin Director of Habitat for Humanity) and all of the other volunteers with whom I have had the honor of working side by side with over the years to improve our community! 

For more information and to volunteer with a Habitat For Humanity affiliate or Habitat re-Store near you check out the International Habitat site at: Habitat For Humanity International

Remember, it's a hand up...not a hand out!

 

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58 commentsRussell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI • November 01 2008 12:38PM

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Well, I'm glad you changed it back...didn't recognize your avitar lol!

This is such a wonderful thing that Habitat for Humanity does for the community. There's a LONG YouTube on the family that got a 'new' home here....and I tell you what...I was in tears.

I commend you and all that participate.

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman HAWAII Real Estate & Relocations (Century 21 Liberty Homes) over 2 years ago

This is one of my favorite organizations.  My contractor husband and I are hoping to get involved on some builds here in SoCal.  I bet you had a lot of fun while you were working hard.

Thanks for spotlighting this wonderful organization, Russell.

Posted by Elaine Hanson, REALTOR® ~ Topanga, CA Real Estate Agent (Snyder Sutton Real Estate) over 2 years ago

Habitat for Humanity is a marvelous organization.  I have helped out here in SA bringing lunches to the volunteers & in the shop they have.  Very humbling experience to hear the stories of the families that get the homes, it's a great experience to be involved in.  That Jimmy looks just as cute as ever. 

P.S. Try photo-shopping the pic, paste some open eyes on your closed ones?  ;).  KM

Posted by Kristin Moran, San Antonio,TX~Real Estate 210-313-7397 (Owner - RE/MAX Access - KristinMoran@Remax.net) over 2 years ago

Sally That's pretty funny, I used that picture for Halloween. You are so right about a "Home Dedication", there is never a dry eye in the house because you realize what the people had to go through to finally experience the pride and joy of Home ownership and how much it is truly appreciated!

ElaineThat is one of the awesome benefits of working at Habitat, we do have fun and after years in the sometimes harsh environment of the construction world , it's a welcome relief!

Kristin Thanks for dropping by! Jimmy and Rosalynn look good for their age and it's amazing to see them working so hard, As far as my picture, I may try and photo shop some "ray-bans" over my silly look! Thanks!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 2 years ago

Russell, we are so proud of your volunteer efforts in the community. Habitat for Humanity is an excellent orginization you are good resource for the work they do to help others!!

Posted by Anne Giles (AvenueOne Properties, Inc.) over 2 years ago

Russell Habitat for Humanity is a wonderful organization that does so much good for Austin and elsewhere in the world! I am proud of you for working to help better our community! That picture of you is funny and it shows you have a good sense of humor too!

Posted by Jeannette Spinelli (Avenue One Properties) over 2 years ago

 hi Russell, Habitat is such a wonderful cause & organization. My sister worked with them for several summer vacations and it was one of the most fulfilling experiences of her life. Have a great weekend!

Posted by marti garaughty (The Art of Marketing YOU) over 2 years ago

Russell, this is something that I would really love to get involved in and something that I hope to do when Max is older.  I so admire Jimmy Carter and I would have loved to be there with you all, doing that great work.  Jimmy Carter is on my list of people who have really tried to make a difference and to lead by example. 

Russell if you look like Forrest Gump, than Forrest Gump must be a very handsome man with a white beard!

Great post and a great way to make a difference for others less fortunate than ourselves.

Posted by Susan Mangigian, West Chester PA Realtor RE/MAX Preferred, ABR (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) over 2 years ago

Russell - the man of many facets.  You have the most uncanny way of projecting yourself without the egotistical attitude.  My admiration and respect for you is boundless (don't blow it;-) It would be wonderful if all of us in the rain could be as interesting and fun as you.  It's obvious you've made many good choices along the road called LIFE.  I'm not trying to embarrass you, it's just that your "joie de vivre" blows me away!  Don't change that part :-)  Gotta go eat, catch you later.

Gail MacMillan Titusville Fl Real Estate

Posted by Gail MacMillan - CRS, e-PRO, GRI ~ Titusville FL Real Estate Brevard County (HomeSweetHomeFlorida.com) over 2 years ago

I love this post. Habitat for Humanity in Austin has so many people from all walks of life that participate and it is a truly blessed organization that shares with and helps our city. I have enjoyed taking food with my Mom for lunches at the different sites and the people who are there are as varied at Austin. Everyone form all walks of life working together. Keep up the good work yourself!

Posted by Mattie Lewis (AvenueOne Properties) over 2 years ago

Russell Habitat for Humanity in Austin has helped build hundreds of Homes in Austin and changed thousands of lives! I have enjoyed helping at different builds and always meet good people and have a wonderful time while helping lift up the lives of those who are less fortunate! Congrats on the good work and keep it up!

Posted by Lynne over 2 years ago

Russell, you should also mention the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store. It's an excellent place to donate building materials, fixtures and supplies. And if anyone is looking for a good deal on any of these things, everything there is a bargain! Thanks again for posting and for continuing to volunteer!

Posted by Lynne over 2 years ago

I LOVE Habitat for Humanity! I'm not one bit surprised to learn that you are so involved with them also. Doesn't it just feel great?

A few years ago, I participated in building a church in the jungle of Ecuador. It was the poorest place I'd ever been...the living conditions beyond bad. The daily temperatures reached 105 degrees or more while we were there, but everyone worked 16 or more hours a day to get the church finished. What amazed me was how the oldest and the youngest contributed to the project. There was one old lady (in her late 80's) who worked alongside me everyday. The first day, I begged her to sit down and let me handle it. She said...'As long as you are working, I will be working. You are a guest, and you have come thousands of miles to build this church for us. How could I possibly sit down?" She made a huge impact on me. I'll never forget her.

GBU for ALL YOU DO, Russell!

Posted by Elizabeth Nieves - Bilingual Raleigh - Durham North Carolina Real Estate Team (The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group) over 2 years ago

MartiYour sister truly knows what a gift it is to work at habitat, it really does return so much! And thank you for stopping by!

Susan You are making me blush! No..it was funny because i kept thinking, oh good, here's my chance and then the pictuere comes back with my eyes shut. It was really sort of funny! I agree that Jimmy Carter has done more to lead by example than many and he continues to be an inspiration.

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 2 years ago

Gail Thanks so much for your warm and generous comments. I do enjoy having a good time no matter what the endeavor. I was influenced by the volunteer work my Father did all his life and I used to jokingly say I was repaying a "Karmic Debt" but it has worked out over time that I was able to take part in several of my favorite groups that give back. And really, I always come home with more than I could give when I help out! Thanks again, I am glad we have become friends here!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 2 years ago

MattieI am happy that you also enjoy helping out on the habitat sites. The lunches and meals prepared and delivered by volunteers are greatly appreciated and everyone has a good time socializing at lunch time (and the cookies and brownies at break times!) Thanks!

Lynne Habitat has truly changes lives and improved the communities where the program flourishes. Thanks for mention the Habitat Restore, It is a great place to find bargains for your home!

Elizabeth I love your story and have seen the same thing happen on all of the Habitat homes where I have worked. Many volunteers showing up and doing anything they can to contribute. Thanks for dropping by, I am glad we met here at Active Rain!

 

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 2 years ago

I've done several homes for Habitat for Humanity, although none since I left College Station, Texas, back in 1993. Seems they don't do too much where real estate prices are too high.

Posted by Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer (Russel Ray) over 2 years ago

Russell (the West Coast Russel -with 1 L)  You are right that in some areas land prices have caused Habitat to search further out to find lots and even land to develop homes and even subdivisions! Thanks for dropping by and I am glad to know you hail from Texas! I will have to check out your blog now!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 2 years ago

Russell, thank you again for the work you do on behalf of this wonderful organization and all of the other volunteer projects you take part in here in Austin. And congrats on your new award!

Posted by Anne Giles (AvenueOne Properties, Inc.) over 2 years ago

Hey Russell this is a fantastic andwell written article about habitat in Austin. I really like the video clip link about Austin and the pictures of you all in Mississippi are wonderful even the one with your eyes closed!!! I cannot believe you posted it... that is such a HOOT!!

Posted by Allysoun Musslewhite (AvenueOne Properties, Inc.) over 2 years ago

BTW Congratulations on your award too! Have a good day all day long!!

Posted by Allysoun Musslewhite (AvenueOne Properties, Inc.) over 2 years ago

What an asset you are to not only your profession, but to this great community and to all of us lucky folks that can call you friend.  You do great stuff kid! :)  Thanks for bringing light to such a beautiful organization.  And congrats on your award... now where's my hot sauce! :) love and light my friend!

Posted by Codie over 2 years ago

Anne Thanks again and thanks for the congrats! i think it will be official this next week!

Allysoun I had to post that picture (for as much as I tease others I have to be able to laugh at myself too! And the award is going to be announced later this week. (I think?)

Codie Thanks so much for dropping by! I will have some salsa at Christmas for sure and maybe some peach jam in the next few weeks ( I still have to write 2 posts about Texas peaches and prize winning jam!)

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 2 years ago

Russell, very impressive. I don't know how you find the time. I need to take lessons from you. You are truly remarkable and my deepest congratulations on your philanthropy work and your well deserved award.

Posted by Gena Riede, Real Estate Broker Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699 (Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792) over 2 years ago

Amazing accomplishments - Amazing People - Thank you for all you do for others!

Posted by Patty Johns over 2 years ago

Go, Russell, go!  Great work and great pictures.  It is good to see your smiling face!

Posted by Anna Land, Heart House over 2 years ago

What's great about a Habitat site is that every work day begins with a prayer, no one starts a fight and you only hear a few bad words.

Hey Russell,

Thanks for a great report!  God bless you for helping out.  One of the young ladies from our church has also been down there to help rebuild after Katrina.  She says there's still lots of work to be done.

Best regards,

Bruce

Posted by Not Yet Licensed over 2 years ago

Gena Hi there and thank you for dropping by. Actually, I just take a little time each month and try to be consistent with my efforts! And that award...I will write about it soon, I think it's going to be announced later this week!

Patty It is pretty amazing to be a part of such a wonderful group effort!

Anna If anyone deserves a giant congratulations, it's you. Your organization is so totally awesome and you built it from a beautiful idea! here is some google love for you! http://www.hearthouse.org/ When i get the chance I am going to post about you and your incredible efforts on behalf of at risk kids all over the state (and soon beyond I hope!)

Not Yet LicensedHello my friend, it's the nicest building site in the world and I spent enough time in commercial construction to have seen some of the scarier building projects around.I am glad to hear that your sister has helped out and she is correct, there is still so much work to be done. it's a real shame that we spend Billions on FEMA and other completely lame groups that do not get a heck of a lot done! UH-OH...up on my soap box again! Thanks for stopping by!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 2 years ago

Russell, this is the finest group around and we should try to get a group from our office to go with you sometime! Thanks for all the good work you do for our community!

Posted by Erin over 2 years ago

I've heard for many years your passion about this and I'm so impressed by all the work you do for this community.  Your heart must be filled when you and your team have completed one of the houses..just to see the people's face would be a joy.  Your are truly a wonderful person!!!  Keep up the good work.

Karen David-Mohr

Posted by Karen David-Mohr (Prominent Title, LLC) over 2 years ago

When someone spends that much time writing a post it is obvious you feel passionate about the activity.  Meeting a President, former or siitng, has to be special,  Karen

Posted by Karen Kruschka - Prince William, Fairfax ,Stafford County VA Real Estate Service (RE/MAX Olympic Realty) over 2 years ago

RUSTY...what a guy...knew you had it way back in 70's when you were a umh...umh,,,student

and long life friend. We will see history tell a different J. Carter story or it should. Change will come when WE do it and YOU are !!

By Roger Allen  Broker than usual but still making great pottery. Sell a big house so you can come buy some. San Angelo Texas Chicken Farm Art Center

Posted by Roger Allen over 2 years ago

Russell,

All I can think of is how proud Dad would be right now. You definitely got his gift for giving. I'm really amazed at all the responses from across the nation. Keep on keeping on!! Man I love you!

Mark

 

 

Posted by Mark W. Lewis over 2 years ago

Erin Thanks and you may not remember but many of the associates at  AvenueOne Properties  have participated and donated to various Habitat projects in the past. Our company was a sponsor of one of the homes that I lead during the "12 Houses in 12 Days Build" several yeas ago.

Karen I SHOULD try and write shorter posyts but it's hard to say everything I want about a great orginization like Habitat for Humanity. I enjoy working with them and have made some good friends at the same time. mett Jimmy Carter was very cool and he still teaches Sunday School classes a couple of times a month in Plians Georgia and someday I would like to attend. He has a nbook of his favorite lessons "Sources of Strength: Meditations on Scripture for a Living Faith  that is excellent reading!" which was a follow up to the very good "Living Faith".

Karen My very good friend and one of the best business associates I have had the great fortune knowing! WoW, yes you know me all to well and I am not always a "day at the beach"" but you have put up with me all these years and we have been successful in business and have built a great friendship!  THANK YOU!

Roger What an honor to have you drop by. You were (and still are) one of my best influence's in so many ways. I learned more about Art, living, apple pie?!?! and so many more things I am so glad we are friends and that you touched my life is a real and visceral way! I value our friendship more than you can ever know! Thanks!

 

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 2 years ago

Mark My brother! Yes my real live flesh and blood brother. Thanks so much for your comments, I guess I still miss dad and somehow connect with something that used to bring him so much gratification.

Mark, we have gone through a lot together and i am proud of you and me for weathering some pretty bad stuff and not letting the bad get in our way of always doing what is right. I think our Father would be proud of both of us!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 2 years ago

A big hug to Russell and his brother Mark.  xxoo

Posted by Susan Mangigian, West Chester PA Realtor RE/MAX Preferred, ABR (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) over 2 years ago

Russell your work with Habitat for Humanity and all of the other groups you help on a regular basis is to me congratulated. I know that everyone with whom you volunteer has an incredibly good time as well as receives the benefits of your hard work!

Posted by Scott Harvey (AvenueOne Properties) over 2 years ago

Russell for someone who is such a rascal and at times SOOOOOOO serious (when it comes to business) you are a remarkably diverse person. I already commented earlier but I wanted to stop back by and tell you that you should also write some posts about your work with Mobile Loaves and Fishes Boy Scouts and the other groups you help out with every month! Way to go Russell...YOU ROCK!

Posted by Allysoun Musslewhite (AvenueOne Properties, Inc.) over 2 years ago

habitat for Humanity has built hundreds of homes in the East Austin area and in many ways fueled the revitalization of some of those neighborhoods long before it became "fashionable" and "profitible" to build in East Austin. Great work with a group that herlps build lives and neighborhoods!

And that is a pretty funny picture of you and the Carters!

Posted by Jimmy over 2 years ago

habitat for Humanity has built hundreds of homes in the East Austin area and in many ways fueled the revitalization of some of those neighborhoods long before it became "fashionable" and "profitible" to build in East Austin. Great work with a group that herlps build lives and neighborhoods!

And that is a pretty funny picture of you and the Carters!

Posted by Jimmy over 2 years ago

habitat for Humanity has built hundreds of homes in the East Austin area and in many ways fueled the revitalization of some of those neighborhoods long before it became "fashionable" and "profitible" to build in East Austin. Great work with a group that herlps build lives and neighborhoods!

And that is a pretty funny picture of you and the Carters!

Posted by Jimmy over 2 years ago

Russell, I am such a strong believer of giving back to the community. It's been a few years but, I too, have worked on a Habitat Build. It was great fun, but nothing like seeing the new homeowner's face when they got the keys. Thank you for sharing.

Posted by Connie Harvey Realtor Nashville TN Real Estate (Prudential Woodmont Realty) over 2 years ago

Susan Thank you so MUCH...My brother and I are pretty close and we joke that he got the "looks" and I got the "brains" and we BOTH got short changed!

Scott  I appreciate your compliments and have always enjoyed working with Habitat and the other groups too!

Allysoun Thank you again. I have already written a post about MLF but will wait until after the big announcement next week! (and yes I am going to post the details because i am very flattered that I was considered).

Jimmy Thank you and you are so right, many of the areas where Habitat built have begun to experience a renaissance of sorts long before the move towards East Austin by developers and others!

Connie As someone who has participated you know the fun and value and more than anything you were able to experience the joy and gratitude of a person who was able to achieve home ownership through the habitat program. Thanks for contributing to this discussion!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 2 years ago

While I was here I thought I would peruse your other blogs (if that is what they are called) and came across this one. As someone who knows you I want to commend you for all the good work you do for Habitat and all of the other groups that help those less fortunate in our city!

Posted by Dana over 2 years ago

Hi Dana, I appreciate your kind words and thank you for your support of Habitat over the years! I like the fact that many people in the office take part in many volunteer organizations all over the city and it's just something that we enjoy in the way of giving back!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 2 years ago

Hi Russell, I LOVE this really interesting post.  What a blessing to use your gifts to help others,  that is truly wonderful.

I too am a Jimmy Carter fan. I have hear of the wonderful work that Habitat for Humanity has done ( not too much here though)

I never researched it until your post.  Thank you so much for all the details, How satisfying that must be to be able to make  a difference in the lives of those who need a helping hand.

 

Posted by June Lewis Realtor® Northwood Realty New Castle,Pa Lawrence Co 7247304571 (Northwood Realty Services) over 2 years ago

Hello again June!! Thank you so much for your very nice comments and compliments. I do enjoy volunteering and have been able to do so on a fairly regular basis. These days a bit more because there seems to be less business. It's kind of nice to be able to help out when my business is slow because it also helps me not dwell on my lack of business or nay other minor problems. So it does me a lot of good.

Jimmy Carter is an amazing character and he has always practiced what he preached and helped improve the lives of others! The picture of me in that group with the Carter's was too funny NOT to post and as much as i enjoy poking fun at others , I have fun at my own expense too!

Thanks again June for dropping by!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 2 years ago

Russell, I wanted to compliment you for a well written post and also for your continuing service to this great organization that helps so many people in our community!

Posted by Jeannette Spinelli (Avenue One Properties) over 2 years ago

Jeannette I appreciate your compliments. Habitat is a place where I have seen some awesome help done in our city and it is incredibly gratifying to take part! As far as posting, hanks again for that compliment! I enjoy learning and improving over time and though I do not post as often many, I like to post good content as much as possible!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 2 years ago

Russell:  I hope you have your picture with Jimmy Carter framed somewhere in your home, or better yet, your office.  What a great experience.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker (Long & Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 2 years ago

Russell

Thank you for sending the link to your blog. There are so many great articles and I love your writing style! I know that you have worked with the habitat for Humanity organization for many years and it must have been gratifying to work on that big project in Mississippi and you got to meet President Carter too. The picture is kind of funny but you have a great sense of humor to post it. Keep up the good work!

Jan

Posted by Jan over 2 years ago

Chris Ann I am planning on it and the graphics person at my office told me he could photo-shop some "open" eyes or some sunglasses! Thanks again for stopping by!

HI Jan You are right, I really enjoy my time on all of the Habitat projects because I always get back so much more that I give. Great hearing from you and I look forward to a visit soon!!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 2 years ago

Hey there! Congrats on the award you won. It's going to come out in the upcoming issue of the ABOR Newsletter and will be public news so I think you should do a post on it!

Posted by Mattie Lewis (AvenueOne Properties) over 2 years ago

Thanks for the KUDO's, I think I will wit until next week to post about that. The news comes out later this week  but I also wanted to post about Mobile Loaves and Fishes here in Austin first! Thanks for the reminder. I know I am supposed to toot my own horn every once in awhile but I am still trying to figure out how!??!?

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 2 years ago

Im still really impressed by all of your habitat for humanity endeavors.  You know my entire family were victims of Hurricane Ike and are all having to rebuild their home in Galveston, TX.  Glad to see people care enough to help.

Posted by Jennifer Chide (Prominent Title) over 2 years ago

Jennifer Thank you. I know that you and your family have known the hardship of losing a home to the elements and can appreciate all of the good things that a home brings to a family! It is good to see that there are people everywhere that can chip in and help others in need!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 2 years ago

I believe I may have already commented on this post but just wanted to tell you that it is well written and that you represent our company so well in the community!

Posted by Jeannette Spinelli (Avenue One Properties) over 2 years ago

Hi Jeannette Thank you for stopping by again. This was one of my favorite posts because I always enjoy the work and the people I meet when helping at Habitat for Humanity!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 2 years ago

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