HOUSTON, March 28, 2012CITGO Petroleum Corporation is joining forces with the Rice Centennial House Project and Houston Habitat for Humanity to give the gift of affordable homeownership to a Houston family in need. The first collaborative build day took place on Saturday, March 24, with more than 40 volunteers working at the residency’s site located at 1706 Capron Street in Houston’s Greater Fifth Ward, an underserved area of the city.

Over the next six weeks, corporate sponsors and Rice student volunteers will come together to construct the house and bring awareness to efficient home design and urban sustainability in the greater Houston community. CITGO volunteers are committed to social responsibility and environmental stewardship, and proudly support Habitat for Humanity initiatives in Houston and in other communities operating within the CITGO footprint.

 “CITGO has cultivated a core commitment to humanitarian values by blending business growth with social investment that improves people’s lives. We believe in putting people first and doing good in the communities we serve,” said CITGO President and CEO Alejandro Granado.

“Rice’s commitment to volunteerism is stronger than ever as it enters its second century. Working with CITGO and providing a family in need with the life-changing advantages of homeownership is rewarding for everyone involved,” said Tawfik Jarjour, Rice Centennial House Project Director.

CITGO donated $10,000 to Rice Habitat for Humanity earlier this year to help finance the construction of the house. The home’s sustainable design was developed by Rice University Architecture students Yoni Pressman and Courtney Benzon, and incorporates a range of innovative features including durable, low-maintenance materials, louvered shutters, passive cooling and inverted trusses. For more information please visit habitat.rice.edu/rch.  


CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products.  The company is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. For more information visit www.citgo.com.