A community effort has turned an empty lot into a brand new, three-bedroom Habitat for Humanity home.

The home, which is HFH's 10th in Graham, was built for the Bradshaw family by the Bradshaws themselves and various local and non-local organizations over the course of eight weekends. 

Along with the Bradshaws, Cross Timbers Church and the Dallas-based Mercer Company, locally owned by Jeff Mercer of Graham, finished the remaining work on the final day of construction last Saturday morning.

“This is just the heart of our people. We want to come and help people get a good life going,” said Tony Nickel, pastor of Cross Timbers Church. “That's what Cross Timbers is all about. We want to be a church that's about Christ and the community, and anytime we have an opportunity to jump in, that's what we do.”

The final day's work included construction of a backyard shed, the planting of shrubbery and flowers, a new sidewalk, finishing touches on paint and driving posts into the ground for a new fence.

“I think anytime you can help someone get some hope, it's a feel-good thing,”Mercer said. “Living in Graham, it's a community of givers, and we're just following an example (of that).”


 Habitat for Humanity will host a dedication ceremony for the home at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 6, at Oak Street Baptist Church, and an open house will follow at the residence. 

Read more in Sunday's Graham Leader.