Habitat

The Eagle Riders motorcycle club donated $1,000 raised from its spring memorial ride to the Habitat for Humanity of Williams County Wednesday. Pictured at the site of the latest Habitat build at 615 E. Bryan St., Bryan, are, from left, Mary Ann Peters, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Williams County; Tammy Wood, Habitat board member; Joe Pilarski, co-chairman of the Habitat build committee; Mick McKarns, co-chairman of the Habitat build committee; James Fenter, Bryan Eagle Riders; Wade Patrick, Habitat site selection and build committees member; Lisa Miller, Habitat partner family; Trey Miller; Lisa Whittaker, Habitat board vice president; and Zahira Miller. The Eagle Riders club includes motorcycle riders who are members of the Bryan Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 2233. RON OSBURN/Staff

To Lisa Miller, “it’s amazing” how many members of the Bryan and Williams County community have come together already for the latest Habitat for Humanity of Williams County home build project.

Miller and her son, Trey, and daughter, Zahira, are the Habitat partner family for the latest Habitat for Humanity house now under construction at 615 E. Bryan St., in Bryan.

According to Lisa Whittaker, Habitat board vice president, about 200 individuals and groups have contributed time or funding assistance for the latest Habitat house so far, “and that list will get longer,” as the build project proceeds into the summer and fall, she said.

Wednesday, the Eagle Riders motorcycle club became the latest to join that list when James Fenter, club secretary, handed over a $1,000 check to Habitat Executive Director Mary Ann Peters during a brief gathering at the build site that included Whittaker, Miller and her children, and a handful of other Habitat board members and volunteers.

Fenter said the Eagle Riders motorcycle club includes motorcycle riders who are members of the Bryan Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 2233 club. The funds represent the proceeds raised from the Eagle Riders’ spring memorial ride.

“Someone suggested (donating to) Habitat. We had a vote at our meeting and we agreed,” Fenter said.

“We’re thankful for groups like the Eagle Riders for all they do that allows us to do this for our partner families,” Peters said, explaining that donated funds help defray the costs of materials and contractors who do the work that cannot be accomplished by volunteers during the community build days.

Delayed by the excessive spring rains this year, the house’s foundation has finally been poured, and Peters said Habitat will announce the community volunteer build day in the coming weeks. The East Bryan Street site is the 33rd house built by Habitat for Humanity of Williams County in its 28 years, she said.

Miller works at Fountain Park Assisted Living, Memory Care & Villas, in Bryan, and is attending nursing school to become a registered nurse. She currently rents in Bryan and said owning her own home has been her dream for a long time.

“We’re really excited,” Miller said Wednesday.

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