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Building Homes, Rebuilding Lives: Habitat Is Building More Than Houses

Building Homes, Rebuilding Lives
Habitat Is Building More Than Houses
by William L. Bulla

Habitat for Humanity of Washington County is building much more than houses! Yes, much, much more! It is building hope! It is building relationships! It is building self-confidence in many families! It is nurturing families! It is strengthening communities! It is building homes! It is rebuilding lives!
And, in rebuilding lives, I do not just mean the lives of the families in need of a home. I, also, refer to the lives of the many individuals volunteering their time and talents to help build these homes. Many Habitat workers have never become involved in volunteer efforts with community activities until they decided to help build a home for a deserving family. Suddenly, they are caught up in the excitement that comes from seeing how their efforts have helped lift the spirits of others. They experience a feeling they have never felt before. It is intoxicating and they want to do more. They begin to realize they are helping to make some family's dream come true.
At the home dedication ceremonies, one can observe tears in the eyes of these volunteers because they know a family's dream is coming true. These volunteers know how important a home is to a family. It is a house of their own. It is a haven where their children can grow and develop into responsible people. And the family treasures the home even more because they, through their "sweat equity", have poured five hundred or more hours into its construction shoulder-to-shoulder with the volunteers--the same volunteers that have taken time to attend the dedication ceremony with their family.
Safe, affordable housing is a basic necessity for every family. Many of us really do not understand that because we have never faced these issues. We have been fortunate to grow up in a decent place to live. Not so with every family! Catastrophes and tragedies have erupted the lives of many families. It has been a lifetime struggle for many to regain a home. Some have never been able to do so. Habitat for Humanity is a vehicle to provide that opportunity.
Habitat for Humanity of Washington County touches lives! It helps families to achieve the dream of owning a home. It provides a program where families seeking to own a home can work alongside volunteers to build that home. Then they are allowed to purchase it at no profit and with zero interest loans, making payments they can afford. The homes are built with donated materials or with materials purchased with donated funds. Funding is essential! It is all through donations of a caring public! A caring community that realizes it has a responsibility to see that the children of our next generation is not scarred by substandard housing and homelessness.
Homes require sponsors! It takes money to buy land...to construct houses! Individuals, companies or organizations may sponsor a home. Or they may be willing to donate land or materials! Or perhaps make a cash donation! For more information on any of these items, or it you want to experience the thrill of becoming a volunteer, please call Sherry Brown Cooper, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Washington County at 301-791-9009.

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