Fulfilling the Habitat for Humanity-Berkeley County mission depends on generous donors and volunteers who commit their time, talent and financial resources to help those in need. We are extremely grateful for those that chose to partner with us and share our enthusiasm and passion for building homes and changing lives.
On January 13th we will celebrate our 34th Home Dedication with Danielle and her family. Without generous donor and volunteer contributions to support our mission, it would be impossible for us to provide affordable homes to families in need that live in our Berkeley County community. We have a lofty goal of building 3 homes and a community center in 2018 and we pray every single day that our budget will allow this to happen. However, building a home is not a cheap endeavor but the return on investment is priceless . We are all familiar with how quickly the $10, $50 and $100 dollars add up month after month as we pay our bills. Now let’s consider how quickly the $1,000, $5,000 and the $10K add up when budgeting for a Habitat home. Here is a short list of expenses (let me stress short list):
Property acquisition $15,000 Home foundation $15,000
Framing & Lumber $10,500 Plumbing $ 8,000
Insulation $ 7,000 HVAC $6,000
A few reasons why we do what we do:
· “Because children who live in homes with leaking roofs, broken windows, rodents, non-functioning heaters or stoves, peeling paint, exposed wiring, or unsafe or unclean environments often experience greater emotional and behavioral problems".
· “Because about 1 in 4 people worldwide live in conditions that harm health, safety, prosperity and opportunities”.
· “We help revitalize neighborhoods. Many local Habitats in the United States partner with residents, community leaders and local groups to revitalize neighborhoods. Sometimes, their efforts include building new homes or doing repairs. In the past three years, local Habitats doing neighborhood revitalization also have participated in more than 7,500 community projects, from renovating community centers to helping build community gardens”. Check out our site and read up on the HOPE Impact Center located in the heart of Moncks Corner.
How can you help?
· Volunteer . We need your time and talent both at a worksite and in our ReStore. Work side by side with others to help create a world where everyone has a decent place to live. The gratification of handing over a key to a new home is off the charts. Come be a part of that experience.
· Financial donation. It’s not cheap to build a home but your financial donation helps tremendously, no matter the amount. Have I mentioned corporate matching gifts yet?
Where can you go to donate?
Check out our website at www.berkeleyhabitat.org to see all of the great things we are doing in our community. Meet our Habitat families and learn about their new home journey. Meet our partner’s and understand how they help us rebuild lives.
Our ask this holiday season is to learn more about our mission and to consider donating in order to help us make a difference. We wish you a Merry Christmas and all the best for a peaceful and joyful New Year!
As we prepare for the holidays it resonates with me that all of us are blessed, but in many different ways. Sometimes the ones who have the least appear to appreciate their blessings the most. The Bible reminds us that life’s greatest blessings come from knowing Christ and walking with Him. A person may be poor in a materialistic way—but rich beyond measure if they know Christ. When we think of the families that lost their homes due to hurricanes this year and how they will spend their holidays, I pray that their neighbors, churches and friends will invite them to be a part of their celebrations and reflections. This is a beautiful and joyous season to be both grateful and thankful for all that we do have no matter how big or small. This is the season where we not only count our blessings but make an even bigger effort to share our blessings with others.
I am truly blessed to work for Habitat for Humanity Berkeley County, a place where our mission is to serve others and our community. However, this season I feel called to step out of my comfort zone and do more for others and make a bigger impact. I think because I see so much destruction on the news and social media, one can’t help but want to help even more. My prayer for this season of reflecting and love is that we all hear the calling to serve others but not only hear it, that we act on it. Imagine if everyone performed one act of kindness on the same day. What a ripple effect that would cause around the world! I don’t know about you, but I am ready to see more good in the news than bad! We are all truly blessed in one way or another. Let’s show our appreciation for our blessings by giving to others.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Why would I commit to completing a Half Ironman Triathlon in order to help raise money and awareness for Habitat for Humanity Berkeley County? Why would a single mom struggling to make ends meet and living in a nearly condemned house call on us for help? Ironically, we both have faith and believe in something greater for our lives and believe we can make a change.
One year+ in this position and I believe more than ever in using this physical journey to be a voice to bring attention to the need for affordable housing in Berkeley County. We currently have 6 families in our program waiting for a home and another 4-6 who will qualify at some level to be placed on a wait list. Each selection process we review numerous applications of people praying they meet the Habitat qualifications. The need is 10 X greater than the level of funding we currently have to build and there are so many deserving individuals applying. There are those who get up on cold mornings and have to use unsafe space heaters to heat their homes. There are those who are raising young children in unsafe areas because it fits their budget. Then there are those who work 2, sometimes 3 jobs in order to pay rent for an apartment that is over-priced due to current economic conditions in our area. Whatever the reason for applying, each of these applicants and their children are depending on us to find funding to support them and their dream of owning a home .
So why the race? I have made my rounds of asking for a donation and explaining the need with hopes of a financial commitment. Now I am going to put some skin in the game. I have committed to train and complete a 1.2 mile swim followed by a 56 mile bike ride and ending with a 13.1 mile run in order to show my dedication and bring awareness to this community need. This training will last over a year and will take 6-13 hours per week of training. Our partner families are required to put in sweat equity hours in order to qualify for their home. This is my way of putting in sweat equity hours to qualify for your donation.
The Berkeley Habitat goal is to raise $15,000 to complete the foundation of a home that can be built before the end of our fiscal year, June 30, 2018. This foundation goes deeper than concrete for a home, it is the foundation of a new home and life for a family in need. A place where a child will be able to sleep and know they are safe. A place where a mother and/or a father will be able to afford and plan for their children(s) future.
Will YOU partner with me on this journey and help support a foundation for families that need a home in our community? Please click the donate button and help make an impact on the affordable housing needs in Berkeley County. Thank you in advance and God Bless.