Just the other day, I saw a countdown to Christmas and I couldn’t believe we are nearing the end of the year. Soon we will be making lists and planning for the holidays, and if your family is like mine, you may even be thinking about ways to give back during the holiday season.
Many families will feel grateful for the gifts they receive and will be inspired to give to others around the holidays. It is because of the generosity during this time of year that Grundy-Three Rivers Habitat for Humanity is able to continue to create affordable housing and eliminate substandard housing in our area.
Soon we will appeal to our volunteers, donors and community to make a gift to our organization so we can continue to give back to families throughout the year. Grundy-Three Rivers Habitat for Humanity’s donors have realized that a gift to us is not just a donation but an investment in our families and our communities.
In the past 20 years, Grundy-Three Rivers Habitat for Humanity has invested in 12 families’ futures by providing them with safe, affordable homes. We also have added thousands of dollars back to the county tax rolls through property taxes on the homes we built.
This year alone, we closed on our 12th home, helped three families with exterior repairs on their homes, built a shed for Narvick House, and purchased the lot where we will build our 13th home. We also purchased a trailer, which will be paid for through sponsorships, to store our tools and equipment and will prevent us from accumulating storage rental fees.
For many families, an affordable home is the difference between instability and opportunity. Grundy-Three Rivers Habitat for Humanity gives our families a handup to the possibilities an affordable mortgage provides. When families have an affordable mortgage, they are able to invest in their future by not having to make sacrifices on necessities such as medicine or transportation.
Through our “A Brush with Kindness” program, we make much-needed exterior repairs and provide homeowners the ability to stay in their home. Many of our “A Brush with Kindness” recipients are seniors and we give them opportunity to age in their homes so they can remain independent. We believe every gift Grundy-Three Rivers Habitat for Humanity receives makes an impact on our community, and we enjoy being good stewards of those gifts.
As we enter the giving season, I encourage you to reflect on how you can make an impact in our community, and I leave you with a favorite quote of mine from Winston Churchill, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
For information about Grundy-Three Rivers Habitat for Humanity, visit 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.