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Meet Pam!  Below, she shares her testimony of how God blessed her with owning her own home through “Habitat Through Humanity.”

 

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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! 

 

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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. 

  

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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. 

 

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Until next time,

~Clare

26 Comments

  • Rene D says:

    What a blessing!! I love that you got to experience the hands on part of building your home. Your home is lovely 🙂

    • Clare says:

      Rene – this is my dear friend Pam’s story and home!!!!  She will see these comments and will be blessed!  Appreciate your taking the time and saying you enjoyed this post!

  • amy kratzer says:

    So I just cried! My husband and I do a lot of missions work over seas. We have also done work for Habitat and have donated in the past. There was a time I was a single Momma and so many helped me. Life is hard sometimes and nothing is more important than coming along side one another. It’s just that simple. Love God, love people. This post blessed me so and I’m so grateful you shared it! <3 A

    • Clare says:

      Oh Amy – so so delighted that Pam’s story has blessed you!  She donated and worked endless hours but the finish product was so, so worth it to her!  Thanks for the lovely comments and thanks for sharing your thoughts!!!!!  Truly appreciate it!

       

  • Mary Collins says:

    Nice story! Habitat for Humanity is a great organization that home ownership a reality for many. We have an active branch of the program in my community as well. Congratulations, Pam!

    • Clare says:

      Thanks for sharing Mary!  I appreciate the support and so will Pam!  Yes, wonderful program and Pam was so blessed to be a part of it!  🙂  🙂

       

  • Gina Bosco says:

    I’ve known Pam for many years as we worked together before she moved to Florida from Michigan. Believe me when I tell you there is no one more deserving of Gods blessings than her.  She is a loving mother and grandmother and a loving friend as well.  When she told me about her home I was not surprised that she was such a large part of building her own home..there isn’t much this little dynamo can’t do.  She loves the Lord and I’ve always felt blessed to call her my friend.  My daughter went to Kentucky to help with Habitat instead of a spring break during high school so I know they do great work…Bravo to all and may God continue to bless Habitat for Humanity and all their selfless volunteers.

    • Clare says:

      Gina – Such a wonderful tribute to our sweet, mutual friend Pam!!!!!! She is so so deserving of her wonderful home and I know she has done so much with it since she has been in the home!!!! I appreciate (and Pam will too) your taking the time to stop by and share your feelings and thoughts on Pam and Habitat!  Blessings and sure hope to meet you sometime on one of your times you are passing through Florida!  🙂  🙂

  • CeeCee James says:

    What a sweet story! So happy for her!

     

  • Patsy says:

    Well I think we can all say who know Pam that she is so deserving of her beautiful home.  She has made her home warm and inviting and is always welcoming to friends. Her door is always open. The big bonus for her friends is she feeds us well when we go to her home and she is a fantastic cook! She has such a sweet spirit and it fills her home. Gods blessed Pam with her home and he’s blessed us all with Pam.

    • Clare says:

      Yes Patsy I agree in all your comments and we LOVE WHEN PAM FEEDS US DON’T WE!!!!!!  🙂  🙂  She has opened up her cozy, beautiful home to all of her friends.  God has bountifully blessed her indeed!  Thanks for sharing your wonderful and supporting comments, Patsy!  🙂  🙂

       

  • gail mcwhirter says:

    I remember so well! You stayed with me for about a month before the house was finished! You are such an awesome person and am so happy I know you. If it were not for Clare saying,”I have a friend that needs a place to stay while her house is being finished…” I might not know you. Your house is so precious. you are always so loving and fixing us delicious food. Pam has many talents and is a testament to God!

    • Clare says:

      Oh, Gail, what a great tribute to Pam, her beautiful home and her friendship!  Yes, she does have many talents and is such a good friend to all that know her!  I appreciate your taking the time and commenting on the blog and on Pam!  Thanks!

      • Kate says:

        Pam is a dynamo!  Nothing she can’t do!  Blessed to call her friend & coworker!  She is definitely deserving and I’m sure God has many more blessings in store for her!

        • Clare says:

          Kate – so true!  Thanks for taking the time to comment!  She is a wonderful friend and so deserving of God’s best for her!   🙂  🙂

  • Lisa Sharp says:

    Thanks for sharing! I helped with a Habit for Humanity house once. It was a great experience.

    • Clare says:

      Wow Lisa – good for you – I bet that was a good experience!  Thanks for stopping by and thanks for your comments!  Appreciate it!  🙂  🙂

  • Laura says:

    What an amazing story. It must be awesome for Pam to say, “Me and a bunch of lovely women built my home!” I have heard of Habitat for Humanity, but didn’t know too much about how it works until reading this story. It sounds like a great organization. Wishing Pam many happy years in her new home.

    • Clare says:

      Thanks Laura – so glad you thought the story is amazing…. and my dear friend Pam is so deserving of this blessing and she is awesome!  Pam worked hard!  But Habitat was such a blessing to her!  🙂  🙂

  • This brings tears to my eyes – What a story!

    • Clare says:

      So glad you were touched by the story, Jennie, and Pam is an amazing woman… so so deserving of this blessing!  I was at the “dedication home” ceremony and that brought tears to my eyes…. and from there her house became a home!

  • Nina says:

    Love this post, it’s really touching. Thanks for bringing attention to a great organization.

    • Clare says:

      Thanks for your comments and thoughts, Nina!  I appreciate it and Pam has made it into such a cozy, cute home truly!

  • Keianna says:

    What an awesome story! I participate with Habitat in my area and know the impact it makes on lives. Congrats and praise God for your blessing!

    • Clare says:

      Keianna – that is wonderful that you participate with Habitat!  Blessings on you for doing that!!!!! Pam has been blessed and has continued to be blessed in her wonderful home!  Thanks for stopping by!  🙂  🙂

       

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