Giants help to build giant dreams
Photo(s) by Stephen Dorian
By Stephen Dorian Miner
June 27, 2006
San Francisco Giants reliever Tim Worrell pitched in today, kicking
off a home building project at an event held adjacent to AT&T
Assisted by staffers and volunteers from the Habitat for Humanity,
Worrell, with wife Misty and their four sons in tow, began constructing
the frame and walls for the house, which will eventually reside
in the Outer Mission as part of the De Long Terrace Homes project.
The beneficiaries of the home, the Tang family, were present
to watch the formation of their future residence, which is part
of a larger effort by Habitat to build housing for low-income
The Giants teamed up with Bank of America and Major League Baseball
(MLB), for the effort and MLB has pledged more than $1 million
to help the building efforts. This included sending a team to
New Orleans' Upper Ninth Ward last April to re-build homes damaged
by hurricane Katrina.
San Francisco Habitat's Executive Director Phil Kilbridge participated
in the New Orleans effort, which was part of Operation Home Delivery,
and was amazed at the outpouring of effort from volunteers.
"People came from all over," Kilbridge said. "From
New Jersey, from D.C
and they paid their own way."
Kilbridge said over 70 volunteers helped raze six homes, installed
floor systems, while committing a week of their own time in the
still hurricane ravaged area.
Here at home, Worrell hopes the project will spread the word
of how important a home is to a happy family.
"For a family to have a place of ownership, and a place
they can call their own
is a big thing."