Employees Help Build Young Man’s Dreams
ORIX Foundation has worked with Habitat for Humanity for the past four years to help build a home for a deserving family or individual. This year, ORIX USA and Red Capital Group employees gathered on a November Saturday to help build the foundation for a special young man who is ready to focus on his future.
The team of volunteers spent their Saturday in the historical Joppa community in South Dallas building a home for David Jimenez, a young man who is excited about pursuing home ownership.
David has lived in Dallas his entire life, and applied for the Habitat home after his sister told him about the opportunity. His sister also lives in Joppa, which is one of the last remaining Freedman’s Towns, a community established by formers slaves who were emancipated after the Civil War.
“I’m excited about investing my money in something that is mine,” David said. “I want to start investing in my future.”
David is pleased with how quickly the house was built and looks forward to caring for his home. He’s excited to be able to decorate it and make home improvements, and one day share the home with a family.
The Habitat for Humanity team build has been a popular volunteer opportunity for ORIX USA employees since the Foundation began working with the charity four years ago. Kate Alexander, ORIX USA Database Administrator, has participated in a Habitat build several times. She comes from a family of carpenters and enjoys the work and opportunity to help others.
“I like Habitat’s model of ‘charity’, the “hand-up” instead of a “hand-out” approach, she says. “I love the work and being able to help someone own their first home.”