ONEOK Helps Tulsa Habitat for Humanity Build First ADA Home
It was an increasingly cold and rainy morning, but that didn’t stop the crowd from coming out to celebrate the delivery of Tulsa Habitat for Humanity’s most recent ONEOK co-built home.
“It’s fitting that it’s raining on us today actually,” said the new Tulsa Habitat for Humanity homeowner, Emaka Nnaka. “The weather and this home are symbolic of Tulsa and how it has sheltered me through my storm.”
A volunteer at several nonprofit organizations, Nnaka has become somewhat of a local celebrity. He appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show where he was recognized for overcoming tragic setbacks.
In his early 20s, Nnaka suffered a career-ending football injury paralyzing him from the chest down.
Through the Tulsa Habitat for Humanity housing program, he took home ownership courses and qualified for a home loan. His new home is fully adaptive and complies with Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines – a first-of-its-kind for Tulsa Habitat for Humanity.
“The customization involved with this project presented unique challenges,” said the ONEOK executive sponsor for the Habitat for Humanity build. “Our employees rose to the occasion with great attitudes and commitment to the Tulsa community. It was powerful to see that happen right before my eyes each build day.”
Employees who participated in the Habitat for Humanity project got hands-on experience with the homebuilding process.
“I volunteer for the Habitat projects because it combines my passion of giving back to the community with the opportunity to learn new skills,” said a ONEOK volunteer.
He added that he’s seen firsthand how much of a difference these homes make for the recipients. His aunt and uncle received a house nearly 35 years ago.
“I just want to continue the cycle of giving by doing what I can to help,” he said.