A joyous Sisk family cried, laughed and then cried again when keys were handed over to them for their new Wichita home on July 13. The three-bedroom, energy efficient home was a one-of-a-kind Koch companies and Wichita Habitat for Humanity project.
“The Koch Industries family of companies brought its unique capabilities to the table and truly embraced the Sisk family through the process of building their eighth home in partnership with us,” said Ann Fox, executive director of Wichita Habitat for Humanity. “We are grateful for the innovations they have demonstrated in this home and for the relationships they have created with the family. By providing technical and personal support, they offer hope and have helped put the Sisk family on a truly firm foundation and made a tangible impact on our community.”
About 500 Koch employees worked on the home in Wichita Habitat for Humanity’s Rock the Block neighborhood. The initiative focuses on in-fill development, building new homes and doing rehabilitation on others in an area in north Wichita.
“We are so happy for the Sisk family and proud of the hard work they’ve done to secure their new home,” said Meredith Olson, vice president of public affairs for Koch Industries. “Our vision for philanthropy at Koch is to remove barriers to opportunity for those who need it most, and that’s why our partnership with Habitat for Humanity is so fitting. Habitat provides opportunities for families to purchase their own home if they supply the time, effort and hard work.”
Wichita Habitat for Humanity will celebrate its 30th anniversary with its Raise the Roof fundraiser at 6 p.m. on Sept. 17 at the Emprise Bank Atrium. Along with great food, music and drinks, a live auction will be held to raise funds to build the first Habitat house of 2017. Tickets can be purchased through the Wichita Habitat for Humanity website.