Building Homes! Rebuilding Lives! Making A Difference!

Building Homes! Rebuilding Lives!
Making A Difference!

Did you have a great holiday season? I'm talking about Thanksgiving through Christmas and the greeting of our New Year 2009! Maybe the gift giving was not as elaborate as in past years, but then we all know about the economic situation our nation is in. But while we all have possibly been affected to some degree by the hard economic times, no one has felt it more than low-income families. Families who are trying their hardest to make ends meet and provide a decent place for their children to live.
Families who live day to day with choices such as: "Do I pay my rent or do I get medical attention for my sick child?" It is impossible for them to do both.
In these tough, unsure times Habitat for Humanity of Washington County is asking you to give on the faith of a better tomorrow for those in need of your help. We know that giving comes back to us in many ways when we share what we have with others.
So as Habitat is in its annual fund raising program, it asks you to give generously, keeping in mind that you, too, could be in the position of needing a hand-up someday.
That's what Habitat for Humanity does! It offers a hand-up, not a hand-out. Habitat addresses the critical problem of crowded, unsafe, inadequate housing for those living at, and below, the poverty level.
The funds raised last year helped Habitat to continue building affordable housing for low-income families in Washington County.
Habitat works in partnership with needy families to meet housing challenges in our community. It offers security, affordability, and the peace and hope of a better life for low-income families in the community. Habitat is not a giveaway program. The homes are built with volunteer labor and the "sweat equity" of the approved applicant for home ownership. The applicant's family must contribute 500 hours of labor with Habitat before taking title to the home. Habitat sells the homes at no profit and offers a zero interest mortgage. Payments from the homeowners are used to build more homes.
Habitat also nurtures partner families to become self sufficient, successful homeowners by requiring budgeting classes and teaching home maintenance skills, along with other skills needed for self-sufficiency.
Habitat provides a support system for partner families both before and after they move into their new home.
But, there has never been a greater need for your help than now! Funding is down! Habitat is the hope for the community! Habitat is the blessing people are seeking! Habitat has the power to change the world and create a better tomorrow for many people! But Habitat needs your help to do this! Please consider giving a generous donation, knowing that YOU have made a difference. A difference in the life of a family! A difference in the life of a child! Remember, a firm foundation for a family, a strong community of support, is a place to call home!
Call the Habitat office at 301-791-9009 to make a contribution with your credit card, or mail it to Habitat for Humanity, 20 S. Prospect St.,
Hagerstown, MD 21740.

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