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Bowling for Habitat

Realtors’ annual fundraiser helps Killeen family get new home

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Posted: Monday, April 22, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 1:35 pm, Mon Apr 22, 2013.

A Killeen family will be getting the American dream with the help of Habitat for Humanity and other local organizations.

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that builds homes for low-income families.

Michelle Vosburgh, 34, has been renting a home in Killeen since she first moved to Texas from California seven years ago.

She is a member of the Abundant Life Church of God, and was first told about the program through one of her church members who works in the program. She said she immediately jumped at the opportunity and applied.

“In April 2011 there was an application process, and I was one of 62 that made it through on the list,” she said. “Then the list went down to 10 and then six; and all the way through, God reassured me that he would bring this through.”

Her faith opened new doors and greater opportunity for her family, but Vosburgh said her interest in the program followed a recent bad relationship.

“I am a survivor of a domestic violence marriage and I just wanted to be able to give my children a better future,” she said.

She said she is ready to take the next step in life with her two children, Jonathan, 15, and Abigail, 4, who are excited to move in to their new residence.

“My property has been found and they are waiting on the city permits to begin building; hopefully next month,” she said.

‘Bowling for Habitat’

The funding to build the home was made possible with the assistance of local organizations like the Fort Hood Area Association of Realtors. The association has been hosting a “Bowling for Habitat” event at Hallmark Lanes for three years. About 84 bowlers laced up their shoes and took to the lanes Thursday afternoon.

“We do this event every year,” said Andrea Thompson, community affairs committee chairwoman for the Fort Hood Area Association of Realtors. “All the Realtors in the area get together and donate money for the lanes to build a house for Habitat for Humanity.”

The association raised $3,000 from last year’s event, and hosted an array of other fundraisers throughout the year to help construct homes for families in need.

“We are Realtors and we support home ownership in the local area,” she said. “It’s really important that everybody has home ownership even if they are less fortunate than others.”

Kelli Sheppard, manager of First Community Title in Harker Heights, said participants have fun while raising money for a good cause.

“It’s amazing with all the certain things that can be done to raise money and bring people together,” she said.

Sheppard said the housing market is always booming in the area, and her next goal is to take part in the actual construction phase of a home for the Habitat program.

“It’s a really warm feeling to know you are giving back to a family, and knowing they will have a house of their own,” Thompson said.

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