Meet Pam! Below, she shares her testimony of how God blessed her with owning her own home through “Habitat Through Humanity.”
“Approximately six years ago, someone mentioned to me “Habitat for Humanity”, a program that assists people on a limited income with owning their own home. At that point in my life, a single middle aged woman on a very limited income, I never in a million years thought I could qualify for a “Habitat” home. I looked on the local Habitat website, http://www.beacheshabitat.org – Beaches Habitat for Humanity – to learn more.
From a brief review online, I learned that Beaches Habitat partnered with area churches, synagogues, schools and other non-profit organizations providing “service” to Habitat families through home ownership. Habitat has thousands of volunteers annually that assist in home building, education and support to those who typically don’t have the means or the access to buy their own home.
I attended a mandatory meeting at the Habitat office, watched a video and applied for the program. It took a few weeks, but then I learned I was accepted!
After the application process, the work began! In my case, I assisted with actual labor on my home as well as other homes; a mandatory part of the program. Yes, real live “hands on” labor building a home! I really didn’t think I had what it took to really help build a home as I had never done anything like that before, but Habitat had lots of experienced people that led and guided me along the way. I was blessed to be assigned to an “all women’s group” – that’s right, ALL WOMEN built my home! The Habitat requirement is each homeowner must complete 350 hours of labor before you can call your home your own! Friends and family can be a part of those hours. In my case, my church, Beaches Chapel Church, in Neptune Beach, Florida kicked in and donate hours and worked alongside me and the Habitat crew!
We had a lovely “dedication” ceremony/ gathering when my home was completed. Our ladies’ minister from my church, Liz, actually prayed for me and prayed over my new home! We had lots of friends and volunteers with Habitat who joined in for the dedication party. It was a great day for me in July 2009 with my family, friends and Habitat volunteers.
The whole process took about nine months from start to finish. I am so very thankful to God for leading me to “Habitat” as I would probably not be a homeowner today otherwise. I have made several friends through the Habitat organization, and it certainly has given me a better perspective of helping others in need, as well. This was also such a wonderful example to my granddaughter, Ariana, who was living with me at the time.
I have been able to share my experience with others, and I have recently learned that a co-worker will soon be living in a “Habitat” home!”
I met Pam through church near the completion of her home and she has been a dear friend to me ever since. Pam’s home is so lovely and she has certainly made it into a cozy home with lots of “beachy” décor.
If you know someone who may be interested in this program, or if you would like to learn more about the Habitat program in your area, please go on the Habitat for Humanity website at http://www.habitat.org.
A heart is truly the key to being a “home.” A huge thank you to Pam for sharing her story, and to all of the Habitat for Humanity volunteers who make home ownership a reality for so many across our nation.
Until next time,