July is an important month for Grundy-Three Rivers Habitat for Humanity. Not only are our two biggest fundraisers in July, but 20 years ago, we were founded by a small group of community members who saw a need for adequate, affordable housing in our area.
In 20 years, we are proud to have helped 12 families with the dream of homeownership. We know that each family we have worked with is grateful for the opportunity to be a Habitat homeowner and we are equally grateful to be part of their lives. It is because of those families our communities have rallied together to bring volunteers and donors to do good work.
Julie Wilkinson, our board president, reflects on our organization’s milestone: “Here in Grundy County, Habitat for Humanity has a proud history of bringing together volunteers, donors, and generous contractors to make affordable housing a matter of consciousness. Twelve deserving families now know the pride, stability, and financial security that comes with homeownership. Our future is even brighter.”
Our longest-serving board member, John Latimer, shares why he continues to be involved with Habitat: “I volunteer because I enjoy building things, but more importantly because God has been so generous to me and my family that it is a way to repay him for his blessings. It is also one of his directives that we are to help our fellow man here on Earth and we are to take care of each other. This is my way of trying to do that.”
It is continued support for Grundy-Three Rivers Habitat for Humanity that allows us to grow. This year we have expanded our programs to include A Brush with Kindness, which is an exterior home repairs program for low-income homeowners. New partnerships with United Way of Grundy County and Thrivent Financial has helped us complete our first project. Wilkinson added: “With continued support, we will touch more lives through our home repair program and help fill critical housing needs throughout the county.”
As we celebrate 20 years, Habitat for Humanity International is celebrating 40 years this year. Habitat was founded on the principle that decent shelter is something we all need to thrive and that a house is a strong foundation for a family.
In the words of Habitat’s founder Millard Fuller: “A house is to a family what soil is to a plant. A plant needs to be rooted. A family is like that. If a family is not rooted, it will not flourish. But once a family is well-rooted, all kinds of wonderful things will begin to happen.”
Thank you for your continued support and allowing Habitat for Humanity to help residents in our community. As we grow, we keep Habitat’s vision clear: A world where everyone has a decent place to live. For information about Grundy-Three Rivers Habitat for Humanity, visit us at www.grundy3rivershabitat.org.
• Sarah Peterson is the executive director of Grundy-Three Rivers Habitat for Humanity. Community Pulse is a weekly column that provides a dedicated space for Grundy County-area nonprofits, schools, organizations and sometimes Morris Herald-News staff to share news and information about their organization.