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Habichat Vol. 1 No. 2

December 2022


From the President and CEO

WOW! What a year. These past 12 months have been an incredible journey of growth and development for your Rose Rock Habitat for Humanity affiliate. Cleveland County Habitat for Humanity officially became Rose Rock Habitat for Humanity June 29 and we made it public August 12 with the help of three amazing Chambers of Commerce (Norman, Moore and South Oklahoma City). We held a joint ribbon cutting ceremony that brought all three together simultaneously and produced an amazing turn-out from an amazing community. The name change removes the geographic limitations our previous name implied as we look toward the future expansion of our services beyond the Cleveland County borders.

Speaking of service offerings, we recently closed out a grant that allowed us to establish a new emergency home repair program. This funding allowed us to provide critical home repairs involving health, safety and security issues that put residents at risk in the one place they should feel most safe… their home. From leaky roofs and dangerous heating systems, to structural problems and everything in-between, we were able to make much needed repairs and put over 100 families back into safe secure housing.

One of the most exciting things we get to do each year is put a deserving family into a place they get to truly call their own. This past year we were privileged to sit across the table from two deserving families, with our partner NEAT Title, and close on two Rose Rock Habitat homes. A third closing is already planned for early February and we have three new builds currently underway. This means welcoming three additional families to our Habitat family with a fourth build already planned for the first quarter of 2023. What a great way to kick off the next year. Wouldn’t you agree?

On March 5th we launched our Inaugural Common Grounds Coffee Festival. Created to be a one-of-a-kind annual flagship event; it did not disappoint. We were astonished by the turnout our first year with 40 participating vendors, over 1,000 people in attendance and more than $35,000 raised by your community. And with great appreciation, this amount was matched by a grant provided by ONG, raising our total to over $70,000 for our home building fund! And this year will be even bigger and better. You don’t want to miss it.

So much good stuff. I could go on and on. Suffice to say, it was an absolutely astounding year for our organization made possible through strong community partners, donors and volunteers; a dedicated board of directors; selfless committee members; and an inspirational passionate staff that loves our mission. It is simply not possibly to put all the incredible stuff Rose Rock Habitat team members have accomplished this past year into such a short space. I can hardly wait to see this next year unfold.

With heartfelt thanks and appreciation,

Randall E. Gardner
President & CEO
Rose Rock Habitat for Humanity

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Putting God’s love into action by bringing people together
to build Homes, Community, & Hope.

Key Dates

  • JAN 21: 405 Brewing Winterfest
  • MAR 4: Common Grounds Coffee Festival
  • MAR 18: 30th Anniversary

In This Issue

  • PAGE 2: Ribbon Cutting: Brooke’s New Home
  • PAGE 3: Soul Mission Volunteer Event
  • PAGE 4: Other Fall 2022 Highlights
  • PAGE 5: Upcoming Events and Restore Corner
  • PAGE 6: Get Involved

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December 2022

“It’s not a house, it’s a home where your family is going to grow, you’re going to make memories, you’re going to experience life. We are blessed that you’re calling Norman your home,”
– Scott Martin, President of Norman Chamber of Commerce

The red ribbon was unfurled across the patio of the house. “They’re very sharp,” Randy cautioned as he handed McKinley a pair of gigantic scissors. After a pause he went on to say, “This home is a result of amazing partnerships between Habitat, the City of Norman, dedicated contractors, friends, family, and neighbors. Today we are thrilled to dedicate this house, rather, this home, and welcome the Bailey family to a new start and a new opportunity.”

Taking McKinley’s hands in her own, they cut the ribbon to their new home.

Scott Meier of McFarlin Methodist went on to present Brooke with a Bible. Cheri Lee, Operations Director and Manager of Family Selection at Habitat handed Brooke the keys to her home. Kendra Martin, Director of ReStore Operations and Family Support supplied Brooke her Home Binder, which holds warranty information, maintenance guides, and other vital information for new homeowners.

“Things are tough in the world, and I would never even be able to get to this position… without Habitat… They have blessed me,” stated Brooke.


Thursday, November the 10th was a cool and rainy fall morning, but still, a small congregation of local luminaries gathered under a Rose Rock Habitat for Humanity tent at 630 Iowa Street in Norman, Oklahoma. The crowd had convened to witness the culmination of months of work for the ribbon cutting of a home built for Brooke Bailey, and her six-year-old daughter.

After an opening prayer by Pastor Justin Westmoreland of Trinity Presbyterian, Randy Gardner, President and CEO of Rose Rock Habitat shared, “The road to homeownership is not an easy one. For most people, it takes years of hard work, discipline, saving, and a little good luck, often disguised as opportunity… For some, it seems like the odds are stacked against them… That is where Habitat comes in.”

“A home is security and love and happiness and family, and that’s what I want more than anything.”
– Brooke, Rose Rock Habitat for Humanity Homeowner

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December 2022

Soul Mission Volunteer Event

University of Oklahoma

OU Football S.O.U.L. Mission: Serving Our Uncommon Legacy

Coach Brent Venables stains a fence at a Rose Rock Habitat for Humanity home.

In October, Rose Rock Habitat for Humanity had the opportunity to partner with the University of Oklahoma football team OU SOUL Mission, a program establish with the vision of Head Coach Brent Venables to help the players develop as people outside of their identity as athletes. Holistic in its focus, SOUL, which stands for “serving our uncommon legacy,” has programs that encourage career development, mental health, life skills, and community service.

At the start of the Fall semester, OU SOUL Mission reached out to Rose Rock Habitat for Humanity, seeking a volunteer opportunity for the entire OU football team. With only about three weeks to plan, SOUL Mission and Rose Rock Habitat for Humanity developed an idea: instead of an event benefiting a single organization, what if we coordinated with several Norman nonprofits on a citywide volunteer day? This would provide the team with options for volunteering and would allow them to select a nonprofit that aligns with their personal affinities, promoting greater engagement with the missions of the respective organizations.

In the end, seven nonprofit organizations throughout the city of Norman had the opportunity to benefit from the generosity of the athletes participating in SOUL Mission.

Meals on Wheels

Food and Shelter Inc.

J.D. McCarty Center

Center for Children and Families Inc.

Loveworks Leadership

Second Chance Animal Sanctuary

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OU Softball Players working hard on constructing headers.

OU Softball Constructs Headers for Two Homes

The Oklahoma Softball team came out to volunteer in October alongside the McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church. They constructed window and door headers for our upcoming home builds at Twisted Oak Circle, here in Norman.

Fall 2022 Highlights


In August, we officially reopened as Rose Rock Habitat for Humanity and Rose Rock Habitat for Humanity Restore.


This year, we had the opportunity to break ground on a dual home build. Identical homes, built right here in Norman for hard working families in need.

Fill The Truck

Partnering with Lowes, local shoppers were invited to purchase and donate items needed for our current build projects.

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Looking forward to 2023...

Upcoming Events

Join us for Winterfest 2023 on January 21st, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. 405 Brewing Co. will provide a few special stouts, special sours, and other bold flavors to keep the frostbite away! A portion of the admission will be donated to Rose Rock Habitat for Humanity.

Introducing Fortune Friday! Stop by the Restore on Fridays and spin the wheel for $1, for a chance to win store coupons, admission and raffle tickets for the Common Grounds Coffee Festival, and many more awesome prizes!
The Common Grounds Coffee Festival brings people together to build community to support a powerful local cause, while celebrating the unique blend of culture & commerce that makes Oklahoma so special. Join us on Saturday, March 4th to celebrate coffee and the work Rose Rock Habitat for Humanity does for your community!

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Get Involved


Every volunteer can help families build strength, stability, and independence.

We couldn’t fulfill our mission without the help of our generous volunteers. Become part of the energy that powers our drive toward a world where everyone has a decent place to live today!

At Rose Rock Habitat for Humanity there’s a job for everyone! As a Non- Profit organization we rely heavily on a hard working dedicated volunteer force.

Rose Rock Habitat for Humanity Bedrock Builders is a community of dedicated individuals and businesses who are passionate about building homes, community, and hope. We believe it takes a firm foundation to build a home that lasts, and are dedicated to support the families we are called to serve. By giving a monthly donation we can begin to plan for the future and our next home build!

Other Ways to Give

How will you make an impact?

There are numerous ways to give back to your community. You can do so by making a one-time or recurring monthly donation. Another way to give back is through donations of household items to the Restore, materials and services to help Habitat raise funds and reduce costs. More ways to give include engaging in planned giving, donating your used car, volunteering with us, or using AmazonSmile, and making Habitat for Humanity your charity of choice!