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Opinion

A brush with kindness: Sharing the Habitat repair program story

Grundy-Three Rivers Habitat for Humanity repair programs have been receiving much attention. There have been discussions and contributions received from our generous donors regarding two programs: A Brush with Kindness and Aging in Place.

The Habitat affiliate could continue to discuss these revitalization programs, but the best way to describe their impact would be to share the latest story. A recent ABWK project started with a call to the office explaining the needs of the Johnson family. Mr. Johnson is wheelchair bound with no way for him to safely enter and exit his own home. 

He wanted to continue to remain in his own home, maintain mobility and continue as an active member of the community.

Ron Ragan, Habitat board member and construction committee co-chairman, contacted Chrissy Johnson to explain the program and the requirements. After ensuring the program requirements would be met, Ron and other long-standing members of the construction committee visited the Johnson home in order to review the scope of this ramp-building project. The volunteer construction committee then put their plan into motion.

Habitat projects involve the community through their many volunteers and this project was no exception. Before the build even began, the need to clear and prepare the yard was completed by the energetic volunteers of the Christian Youth Center of Morris. The youth group, through their Mission Morris Days, worked with Habitat volunteers as they performed the yard cleanup needed to make ready for the ramp.

The Habitat crew was then able to continue on with the ramp build. Five Habitat board members and seven volunteers pulled out their plans, slung those hammers and worked together to complete the much-needed ramp. A safe, secure and easily maneuverable 32-foot handicap ramp was completed for the family on Armstrong Street in Morris.

Through the Habitat community, Mr. Johnson regained independence to enable him to live a happier, more fulfilling life despite any limiting medical conditions.

When you hear about the repair programs of Grundy-Three Rivers Habitat for Humanity, know that the programs touch the lives of people in our community. Together – through donations of money, needed material, and, of course, time as volunteers – we could all share in the vision of Habitat for a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Together we will help families build strength, stability and self-reliance.

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