Single mom of 5 buys house thanks to McLaughlin Family Foundation donation and work with Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity
The McLaughlin Family Foundation just finished its second full-house sponsorship of a house for Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity — and Betty Avila, a single mother of five.
Members of the foundation, Habitat representatives and volunteers dedicated the new house, in the Johnson Farms addition near SW 44 and S Mustang Road, on Thursday.
“Despite living in these uncertain times, the McLaughlin Family Foundation has remained steadfast in its commitment to provide a hand up for hardworking Oklahoma families,” said Ann Felton Gilliland, CEO and chairman of Central Oklahoma Habitat. “In addition to the $90,000 donation, members of the foundation helped with the house framing in early May.”
The McLaughlin Family Foundation is a funding organization committed to creating change in Central Oklahoma that helps families and children reach their full potential. Its goal is to provide opportunities for a hand up, not a handout, and to find innovative solutions for difficult social issues.
Avila, who had been living in a mobile home with limited space, helped build her new house, alongside two of her older children, as part of the 300 hours of sweat equity required in order to purchase the home.
“I strongly believe that every American’s dream is to one day own a house to achieve peace of mind and raise happy, confident, responsible kids,” she said.
Central Oklahoma Habitat has seen a significant drop in donors and donations and asks the public to consider helping other Habitat families, who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic, with mortgage payments at YourHabitatHome.com. While volunteer numbers are also down, the nonprofit says it remains on track to complete 10 more home builds by the end of the year.
“We believe the safety precautions we have implemented on our job sites help prevent further spread of the virus. We provide masks, disinfectant wipes, and hand sanitizer for our workers and volunteers, while asking everyone to social distance while working on the home builds,” said Felton Gilliland said.