Building Homes, Rebuilding Lives! I Resolve...

Building Homes, Rebuilding Lives!
I Resolve...

Happy New Year, 2007! The new year is a time when we all set forth a group of resolutions to improve our lifestyles and our actions. We promise ourselves that we will change our way of doing many things. But then, after a few days or weeks, many of us may slide back into our old lifestyles. We forget, or fail, to make the effort to change.
But it is a time when we can reach out to help others through our commitments. Our resolutions can aide those in need. Most often, we may fail to give up some dietary items, or cut back on things we do to the extreme. However, it is a time when most people will honor their new commitments to help others, particularly those in need. So, hopefully, you will add Habitat for Humanity's needs to your list of resolutions. There is a dire need of decent, affordable housing in Washington County, and you can help through your New Year's resolutions.
Readers of this column responded to my letter to Santa showing the wish list of items needed by the local Habitat affiliate. For that we thank you very much. Hopefully, dear readers, you will add helping Habitat to your 2007 New Year's resolutions.
There is a crisis of decent, affordable housing in Washington County. It is hard to imagine families living in substandard conditions here in our community. But it is true! Many live in decaying buildings...rotting floor boards, leaking roofs, no running water, no heat, terrible surroundings and overcrowded conditions. Inexpensive housing is needed. Together, you and Habitat, can address this critical problem of crowded, unsafe, inadequate housing. With the concern and generosity of people like you, together we can make it possible for these families to find new hope and make home ownership possible.
Your 2007 resolution to assist Habitat can mean so much to so many. It can be that you will volunteer your services, regardless of your profession. Or, you may wish to swing a hammer and actually help construct a house. Others may not be physically able to do actual building, but can help in other ways. Some may be able to donate land, building materials or money to help Habitat build another home.
Habitat for Humanity of Washington County touches lives! You can do that through your resolution to help. Habitat helps families to achieve decent, affordable housing. You can do that, too, through your resolutions. Habitat 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 majority of family members whose lives improve through Habitat's housing are children. For them, a decent place to live makes all the difference in the world.
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. 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. There are many ways you can reach out to help Habitat through your 2007 New Year's resolution.
Think about it, then call Habitat for Humanity of Washington County at 301-791-9009, with your commitment.

William L. Bulla is a freelance writer residing in Washington County.