Most everyone has heard of Habitat for Humanity.
“Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI), generally referred to as HRe-abitat for Humanity or simply Habitat, is an international, non-governmental, and nonprofit organization, which was founded in 1976. Habitat has been devoted to building “simple, decent, and affordable” housing, a self-described “Christian housing ministry,” and has addressed the issues of poverty housing all over the world. The international operational headquarters are located in Americus, Georgia, United States, with the administrative headquarters located in Atlanta.”
The Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity is located in my area, along with two Re-Stores. They are fully involved in the community, involving volunteers and recently students from Appleton West High School. Within the story of the high school students, there is another article about how Habitat and the City of Sheboygan are working to revitalize neighborhoods.
“The city redoubled its efforts to revitalize the neighborhood with a “Rock the Block” event in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Lakeside. Volunteers descended on the neighborhood on Saturday to clean up debris, trim grass back from sidewalks, and cleared a dark, overgrown alleyway that local police had identified as a potential crime area.”
Mission Church in Appleton was also involved in a “Rock the Block” event for the Columbus School neighborhood this past September cleaning up yards and beautifying the area.
“There are five area offices located around the world: United States and Canada; Africa and the Middle East (located in Pretoria, South Africa); Asia-Pacific (Manila, Philippines); Europe and Central Asia (Bratislava, Slovakia); and Latin America and the Caribbean (San Jose, Costa Rica). The mission statement of Habitat for Humanity is “Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope”. Homes are built using volunteer labor and Habitat makes no profit on the sales. Habitat has helped more than 4 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve more than 800,000 homes since its founding in 1976, making Habitat the largest not-for-profit builder in the world.”
In a world where there are families struggling to make ends meet, let alone buy a house, Habitat offers love in the form of construction materials and volunteers. They truly are an organization that shines a bright light through the black of darkness.
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