January 16, 2019, Baton Rouge, LA – Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge, along with Warrick Dunn Charities’ Home for the Holidays, Aaron’s and Catholic High School, gathered Tuesday to surprise a homeowner partner with down payment assistance and furnishings for her new Habitat home.
Gabby and her two sons thought they were attending a special dedication for the home. When she arrived, she was surprised to learn that she was closing on her home and that Dunn was there to provide down payment assistance, and Aaron’s had provided furnishings and technology for her home.
Dunn, a Baton Rouge native and former NFL running back, is a 1993 alumnus of Catholic High School who founded the Warrick Dunn Charities in memory of his mother. He has partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge for numerous years. This marks the 20th Habitat home that Dunn has helped furnish and his 168th home through his Home for the Holidays program.
“Gabby set a goal of homeownership for her family and through hard work and dedication; today, she has achieved that goal,” said Lynn Clark, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge. “We thank Catholic High School and the Warrick Dunn Charities for helping to make Gabby’s dream come true.”
She worked alongside students, faculty and staff of Catholic High School to raise walls of her future home, siding, decking the roof, painting and landscaping the home. This is the third Habitat home that Catholic High School has sponsored through student-led fundraising activities.
Locally, this is the 20th Habitat homeowner to be assisted through the Warrick Dunn Charities’ Home for the Holidays program. Warren and his foundation have partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge to generously provide down payment assistance for the homeowner and has provided furniture, appliances and technology valued at approximately $10,000 through Aaron’s, Inc.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge has served this community for 30 years has built 353 homes and affected the lives of thousands of individuals.