NFL Players Build Home With Habitat For Humanity
Americus, Ga. San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Jeff Garcia and San Diego Chargers Defensive End Marcellus Wiley teamed up with the Brooks family Thursday morning to help them build their Habitat for Humanity NFL house in New Orleans. It's part of Habitat for Humanity and the National Football League's Super Bowl Blitz Build to construct a house in one week with a News Orleans family in need just in time for Super Bowl XXXVI.
"It's a blessing from God," said Malcolm Brooks, the Habitat partner who will move into the home with his wife, Clara, and three of their five children. "It's a blessing and it's not in disguise because you can see it."
Wiley said he was moved by helping the Brooks family get a hand up out of poverty and into homeownership, something they might not have been able to do without the help of Habitat for Humanity. "I grew up in a little apartment, probably the size of the bedroom they're gonna get, and 'til the day I got drafted by the NFL, it was home,'" Wiley said. "I know how valuable a home is and I know how I felt when I moved into my first home."
Garcia said he feels it is important to give back to the community, no matter where you are. He signed the drywall that lines the front porch of the Brooks' home: "Wishing you the very best and thank you for giving me the opportunity to hammer in some nails!"
The Brooks family will receive the keys to their new Habitat NFL home Saturday afternoon. They will move from a three-bedroom home they rent for $500 a month into the home on Mandeville Street, which is part of the Super Bowl St. Roch Initiative to build ten homes in the neighborhood. Because of Habitat's policy of no profit on the construction and no-interest financing, their mortgage payments will be almost half of what they now pay in rent.
"I always wanted to own a home," said Clara Brooks, "And now God is coming through."
NFL Charities donated $50,000 to Habitat for Humanity International to build the Brooks' home. NFL Charities, created in 1973, is a nonprofit organization created by the member clubs of the National Football League to enable the clubs to collectively make grants to charitable and worthwhile causes on the national level. Since its inception, NFL Charities has made more than $45 million in grant commitments to more than 250 different organizations.
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 2,000 communities in 83 nations have built and sold more than 100,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.