Building Homes! Rebuilding Lives! Once Upon A Time . . .
Building Homes! Rebuilding Lives!
Once Upon A Time . . .
Once upon a time there were three little pigs . . .
Everyone knows the story of the "Three Little Pigs", right? Yeah, those poor, innocent defenseless things, who never stood a chance against the big, bad wolf. Stories like that point out lessons and are called fables. That fable was written a long time ago, but with some variation could apply today. As allegories, they are applicable to any situation.
We recall how the three little pigs needed affordable, decent housing but had none available. In spite of their efforts to find shelter to protect them against the elements (I think they called these elements the big, bad wolf) they had a problem. It was difficult for them to root-out an affordable existence for themselves and their families and also provide decent, affordable housing.
A century ago, ''The Three Little Pigs'' was a ''nursery story". The pigs were surrogate children, being taught that survival required hard work. G. K. Chesterton once observed that the purpose for fables was for ''handing down those tremendous truths that are called truisms.''
In 1933, when Disney's Technicolor animated treatment of the story won an Oscar, the wolf at the door represented the Great Depression, and Walt himself explained the moral: ''Wisdom along with courage is enough to defeat big bad wolves of every description and send them slinking away.''
Today, we might say the wolf represents another great problem facing our world, the lack of decent, affordable housing. Then, we could rewrite a portion of this fable: "The third little pig heard how an organization called Habitat for Humanity could provide decent, affordable homes. Being an industrious little pig, he made application through the local Habitat affiliate, and his lifestyle changed.
Habitat for Humanity of Washington County is using every means possible to defeat that "big, bag wolf of today", and send him slinking away by providing decent, affordable housing to residents of Washington County.
Building a home for a family doesn't "just happen!" This is a teamwork effort. It takes more than the family, the volunteers, more than the Habitat organization. It needs partnership! It needs you!
Here's s the common thread: You care about others. You want to reward personal initiative. You want to work with a family of people who are ready and willing to work hard to achieve home ownership. You wan to help a family accomplish its dream of a decent, affordable home in which to raise its children.
Check out the opportunities and requirements for being a partner for sponsoring a house. Most of all, consider the benefits. Consider the satisfaction that comes from helping others.
You can help Habitat fight that "big, bad wolf of today" by picking up your phone and dialing 301-791-9009, for more information on becoming a home sponsor.
William L. Bulla is a freelance writer residing in Washington County.