Fall Build 2019

Our annual fall Habitat build with Coker United Methodist begins Saturday, September 21. The dedication is Saturday, November 16 at 9:30 am.

Closed-toed shoes are required for everyone (including lunch providers). Bring your own water bottle to help cut down on the trash on site. Habitat has everything else you need — tools, training, and even sunscreen.

Sign up here to participate in the build: bit.ly/2019Habitat. Email Phil Sagebiel for questions.

For Woodland, this is our 13th Habitat house.

Yolanda and Gil have been married over 40 years and this will be their first home to own. They have two grown children and four grandchildren. They have already completed 316 hours of sweat equity (more than the 300 hour requirement). They are looking forward to working in partnership with Woodland and Coker UMC during this year’s build.

We are building at Lenwood Heights, next to Bethel UMC (west side of town, near Acme Road and Commerce Street), use 5207 Enid St, 78237 for your GPS then follow the signs on site to check in and then our staff will direct you to our house.

English Directions | Spanish Directions


Adult Waiver | Youth Waiver

All volunteers that are working on the worksite are required to sign a waiver. A separate waiver is required for youth (persons between 14 and 17) and must be signed by the volunteer and their parent or legal guardian. Both the adult and minor waiver forms are available above.

For safety reasons, we are unable to accommodate youth under the age of 14 on the build site, in the warehouse, or as a volunteer in the Habitat for Humanity office.

Youth 14 years or older are welcome on some of the days of the build, as long as they are with a supervising adult in a ratio of at least one adult per every four minors. Your building schedule.

Every volunteer, under the age of 18, must wear a hard hat at all times except on landscaping days.

A volunteer must be 18 or older to use power tools.

14 and 15-year-olds are allowed to paint, landscape, pick-up trash, move dirt, provide and serve lunches, etc. They cannot do general carpentry.

16 and 17-year-olds are allowed to do general carpentry, which can include activities such as hammering, putting in insulation, etc. They cannot do excavation, demolition, roofing, use power tools or work at heights above 6 feet. They must follow all rules pertaining to hardhat use, height requirements, and power tools.

Individuals under the age of 18 cannot volunteer in the Home Centers.

All youth are required to wear appropriate safety equipment for the task they are performing. Regardless of the tasks being performed, volunteers should at all times wear appropriate clothing to the site including thick soled, closed toed shoes.

Individuals over 75 years of age are not allowed to do any work that requires leaving the ground — i.e. — any work that requires climbing or using a ladder. They should not work unaccompanied or lift or carry materials that weigh more than 25 pounds. Care should be taken when lifting any objects.

Being a lunch crew is an incredibly important part of the building process and is greatly appreciated by our volunteers and construction staff. Members of the lunch crew provide food, beverages, and paper products for approximately 30 volunteers on any scheduled build day.

To Bring a Lunch

Lunches provided to volunteers on site make an invaluable contribution to our home building program. These meals should be simple, wholesome, and convenient for the work place. Email Phil to help with lunch on September 28, October 12, 26, or November 9.


Please check in with VOLUNTEER SERVICES when you arrive, and they will direct you to where the lunch should be set up (Let them know you are with the Coker/Woodland House.). You will have a table, and a garbage can set up for you in advance.

Plan to bring enough food to feed 30 adults (Phil will confirm this number). One way to assure the right number of lunches is to bring them already bagged or boxed. Plan to stay and serve the lunch to the volunteers (approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour).

Here are some ideas for lunches. These are just suggestions, other food items are welcome!

  • Spaghetti & bread
  • Hot dogs
  • Chicken & potatoes
  • Rice, beans & a main item such as tacos or enchiladas
  • Please NO foods that can easily spoil – such as mayonnaise-based salads

All the above lunches should be served with a beverage – soda, juice or iced tea all work well. On cold days, hot beverages are welcome. They should also contain a snack such as chips or cookies. In addition, all lunches should come with all plates, forks, napkins, etc. that are required as we do not have these items on site.

Basic rules for food hygiene need to be observed. Menu items that contain eggs, mayonnaise and/or any dairy product should be kept cold before serving to prevent the growth of bacteria. Likewise, hot foods should be served hot. Electricity can be secured on site, but serving conditions are basic. If you are scheduled for a lunch and are unable to bring it please let Phil know well in advance.

Sign Instarts at 7:45 AM. Volunteers must sign-in each day they volunteer, and complete a waiver of liability each year (volunteers under age 18 need a guardian’s signature). Volunteers will be introduced to their house leader, who will provide direction for the day.
Safety Briefingbegins at 8:00 AM. Safety is more important than the speed of production, and construction work can be hazardous! Since HFHSA crews normally have a high percentage of inexperienced workers, safety is of particular concern. Your house leader will brief you on safety issues that might arise. No one under the age of 14 is allowed on site.
Lunchwill be provided for all volunteers on Fridays and Saturdays. Lunches are donated – individuals with special dietary needs should bring their own lunches.
Clean upis at 3:30 PM (sometimes earlier). Please plan to stay the whole day. The workday will end after the site is clean and tools have been put away.
Please wearcomfortable clothes appropriate for the work and weather. Wear items that can get stained, ripped, muddy, paint-spackled, etc. You must wear closed- toed shoes - do not wear flip flops, backless shoes or Crocs. For safety, do not wear loose, oversized clothing or dangling jewelry. Summer months can be extremely hot and it can get very cold on site in the winter. Dress appropriately.
Please bringa water bottle (iced water provided on site), hat and sunscreen.
Mediain San Antonio are always welcome to cover HFHSA events. If you see media on the site by themselves – instantly alert a Habitat staff member.
Personal valuableswill not be safe on the work site. We accept no responsibility for lost or stolen items. We highly recommend that you do not bring items that you consider valuable to our work sites. We will provide all the tools and materials you will need to participate.
Securitymust be maintained on the work site. Concealed weapons, drugs, or alcoholic beverages of any kind are absolutely not permitted on an HFHSA work site. Violators will be asked to leave.
Animals/Petsare not allowed on the work site. HFHSA discourages volunteers from feeding stray animals or pets.
Updatesfor weather and work status, please check the volunteer information line (210) 223-5203 ext 184

The Need

There are tens of thousands of families living in substandard housing in San Antonio. In America, San Antonio is FIRST in the degree of substandard housing among larger cities.

How Habitat for Humanity Meets The Need Through Radical Common Sense


  • The goal is radical — to eliminate poverty housing because every family, every person, should have, as a minimum, a simple, decent place to live
  • The finance plan is radical — no profit, no interest. In the Western world, the best interest rate is charged to the wealthiest people and the highest interest rate to the poor. Habitat sells homes to qualifying poor families at cost and charges no interest on a 20 year mortgage. This is biblical.
  • Habitat employs the “theology of the hammer” which teaches that true religion must be more than singing and talking. Action is required. “My children, our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action.” 1 John 3:19

Common Sense

  • It is the very essence of common sense that people who get sleepy at night should have a good place in which to sleep on terms they can afford to pay.
  • It is common sense that children, especially, should have decent housing, so they can grow up to be all that God intended.
  • It is common sense that people of faith should work together to express God’s love in a program that is agreed upon.
  • It is common sense that people should be helped in a way that does not foster dependency. That is why Habitat does not give away houses. That’s why prospective homeowners mustt be working and qualify for the potential mortgage payment and must put in 300 or more hours of “sweat equity” labor building their own house and houses for others. Then, when the house is finished, the family moves in and repays the no-interst montage over 20 years. Habitat offers a hand up, not a hand out. This program does not foster dependency.
  • The mortgage payments received from the homeowners are used to build homes also. Twelve homes built by HFHSA in 2014 will be funded by mortgage payments.

More About Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio

  • HFHSA is an ecumenical Christian non-profit housing organization working in partnership with God’s people in need to build simple, decent and affordable houses without interest or profit, thereby witnessing God’s love in action. Habitat was conceived by a Baptist theologian named Dr. Clarence Jordan. Churches of all Christian denominations are involved in sponsoring houses.
  • HFHSA works with low-income families who would not otherwise be able to afford a house. HFHSA helps families help themselves. The families’ income is 25% to 60% of the area median income. No other organization in San Antonio works with families having income this low.
  • More than 10,000 volunteers assist in various HFHSA activities each year.
  • HFHSA has build over 850 homes in San Antonio.
Through the Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio ministry, Woodland has given outside of itself, grown through tangible faith in action and camaraderie, practiced Radical Common Sense, and changed the lives of eight families, including 21 children. The children of these families are more likely to graduate from high school, attend college, and have less adolescent problems due to living in an owned home verses government or rental housing. The families are changed dramatically for generations to come!