CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – March 9, 2016 – A Corpus Christi family in need came home to a brand new house, thanks to the efforts of TeamCITGO, the Corpus Christi Housing Opportunity Committee and Habitat for Humanity – Corpus Christi. The organizations came together to construct a home for a Corpus Christi family earlier this year. 

A 2015 Homeless Count and Characteristics Survey by the Corpus Christi Homeless Issues Partnership found that of 650 homeless citizens surveyed in Corpus Christi, more than 25 percent are veterans and nearly 20 percent are children. A new home can make a life-changing difference to Corpus Christi’s most vulnerable residents, and Habitat for Humanity – Corpus Christi offers a hand up to many of them. TeamCITGO, an employee-driven volunteer group at the CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery, has collaborated with Habitat for Humanity – Corpus Christi for the past four years, working on home-building projects for neighbors in need four times annually. 

“Habitat for Humanity is committed to solving the global housing crisis and helping the 48.5 million U.S. citizens currently living in poverty. We are grateful to have such a wonderful corporate partner in CITGO to help those in need in the Corpus Christi area,” said Habitat for Humanity – Corpus Christi Executive Director Barbara Sweeney. “Proceeds from the Building Dreams Together fundraiser will provide a Corpus Christi family with a truly wonderful gift: their own place to live and call home.”

As part of an effort to improve the well-being of the communities in which CITGO operates, Team CITGO supports initiatives that improve commerce, economic stability and community development in Corpus Christi with community partners such as Habitat for Humanity – Corpus Christi. In 2015, Team CITGO helped the organization reach a crucial milestone: building the 50th Habitat for Humanity home in Corpus Christi.

“TeamCITGO is heavily involved in the Corpus Christi community and works on charitable endeavors throughout the year to benefit our neighbors,” said CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery Vice President & General Manager Art Klein. “Partnering with Habitat for Humanity – Corpus Christi is one important way our employees give back. In 2015, Corpus Christi Refinery employees donated more than 2,962 hours of service to local non-profit organizations.”

For more information on how TeamCITGO is making a difference in the communities in which it operates, please visit or follow @CITGO on Twitter.

About CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery
The CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery, which celebrated 80 years of operations in 2015, provides more than 1,000 jobs locally, while generating more than $345 million per year in support of the local economy through salaries, services and taxes. In addition to producing high-quality fuels for its network of nearly 5,500 independently owned and operated CITGO branded stations across the country, Corpus Christi refinery employees make a major positive impact on the community. In 2015 alone, CITGO employees in Corpus Christi volunteered more than 2,900 hours of their personal time to local and national charities. Since 2013, the CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery and its employees have provided more than 10,000 volunteer hours and approximately $3.3 million in support of community organizations such as United Way, Charlie's Place, Muscular Dystrophy Association, The Miracle League, Catholic Charities, the Special Olympics and a variety of environmental and preservation initiatives, such as the revitalization of the Gateway to Corpus Christi, Hans and Pat Suter Park and Adopt-A-Beach Clean Up. For more information on the CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery, visit

CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. The company is owned by CITGO Holding, 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