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Houses That Change Lives

Gwendolyn Robinson-Johnson’s Habitat for Humanity house came with bedrooms for each of her sons – a significant factor in the family’s evolution. “The house was the stepping stone,” says Robinson-Johnson, a legal secretary celebrating 10 years as a Habitat homeowner in northeast Oklahoma City. “They were able to express their personalities in decorating their rooms. They could stay up and...

Ann Felton Gilliland

Ann Felton Gilliland, chief executive officer and chairwoman at the Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity, took over the organization in 1991, when it built two to three houses per year with little funding and staff. Today, the Oklahoma City chapter is the nation’s seventh largest with more than 50 full-time employees, 45-50 homes built each year and two retail...