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17 MARCH 2012 | CONSTRUCTIVE VORTEX OF LOVE

17 Mar , 2012

It’s always an exciting day when you get to participate in a house dedication—a time to celebrate with the homebuyers, the volunteers, the sponsors, and the Habitat staff who have worked so hard, in partnership, to create this incredible new opportunity for a family.

We are dedicating two homes later today—with the Pender and Johnson families—on Skycrest Drive in NE Raleigh close to our offices and Raleigh ReStore.  It will be a great celebration, as they always are, especially in this beautiful, early spring weather!

Nearly a year ago, a tornado rolled across Raleigh and caused substantial damage in the  Skycrest neighborhood.  You can still see evidence of that destructive force 11 months later.   A tornado is nature’s best example of a destructive vortex.

This morning, I thought of what an incredible constructive vortex of love that Habitat is.  People who don’t often know each other and most often don’t know the homebuyers give generously of their time and resources to come together in an act of selfless love to create the life-changing opportunity that we know as homeownership.  Tornadoes are acts of nature over which we have no control.  The constructive vortex that is Habitat is entirely within our control and I find myself grateful that so many would voluntarily choose to get caught up in this vortex.  It’s hard to get out once you get in!

7 MARCH 2012 | PIECES TO A PUZZLE

7 Mar , 2012

Sometimes things work out.  As part of our Long Acres work in SE Raleigh, the City of Raleigh had acquired a house on Parnell Drive that they planned to demolish in order for Habitat to come in and put a new structure in its’ place.

The home definitely needed to be demolished, but it was occupied.  As with any federal grant, there were provisions to financially compensate the occupants for relocation.  We had a session a year ago in Long Acres to explain our program and the opportunity for homeownership to current renters in the Long Acres community.

Long story short, that occupant of the soon-to-be demolished house on Parnell came to our information session, applied, and in early January, relocated to Habitat Wake’s first ever total “gut-rehab” home right in her backyard.  After renting on Parnell Drive for over 30 years, Debbie is now the proud homebuyer of a beautifully renovated home on Lansing.  No more leaking roof or unreliable heating source.  Needless to say she is pleased.

Two weeks after Debbie moved out of her rental home, the City had the home demolished and last week, we had 30-40 volunteers out on Tuesday and Wednesday to frame the new home on Parnell Drive, the final of our eight new homes in Long Acres made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through the City of Raleigh’s Community Development Department.  New homebuyer, Harmony, and her children are very excited to become the newest residents of Long Acres early this summer!

Providing homeownership opportunities for those earning less than 50% of the area’s median income is a huge challenge, but it is such a JOY when all the pieces fall into place and it works!  Thanks so much to everyone for your part in helping the pieces fit just right!

Debbie's finished house

Debbie's finished house


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