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Archive for July, 2013

26 JULY 2013 | INCOME MOBILITY

26 Jul , 2013

At Habitat, we are interested in breaking the cycle of poverty, not just providing a home.  Check out this research showing a great variety of opportunity around the country.  Unfortunately, our area shows very low income mobility opportunities due to a variety of factors.

23 JULY 2013 | WALKING

23 Jul , 2013

Back in the day, Habitat for Humanity staged numerous long walks to bring attention to this new ministry. There was a 700 mile walk from Habitat’s headquarters in Americus, Georgia to Indianapolis to celebrate Habitat’s 7th Anniversary. There was a walk from Portland, Maine to Atlanta celebrating the 12th Anniversary in 1988. I joined this particular walk for a day in 1988 in Richmond, Virginia as we were launching our new Habitat affiliate in Lynchburg.

I remember reading a book several years back by U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia. It is entitled Walking With the Wind, his memoir of growing up in substandard housing in Alabama where his grandmother literally told the family to walk to certain corners of the house during thunderstorms so that they house would not blow off the foundation. Then, of course, Rep. Lewis led the fateful walk across the bridge in Selma, Alabama to be greeted by police dogs and fire hoses.

We dedicated our most recent home on Waldo Street in Cary this past Saturday. During the dedication we heard the story of the father of the family literally walking hundreds of miles from his native Myanmar to Malaysia to seek work and income to provide needed medicine to their young son. Thanks to the relocation efforts of local Wake County churches this family reunited in Raleigh in 2009 and now t has secured a home in which they can thrive.

When you take your next walk think of a young fledgling organization that has now touched millions of people worldwide. Think of a young John Lewis rising to become a leader in the civil rights movement. And then think of the dedication of a young father walking miles and miles into an unknown future to secure needed medicine for a son. There is abundant faith in each of these journeys—something that encourages me and gives me hope.

15 JULY 2013 | DOUBLY BLESSED

15 Jul , 2013

Last Wednesday, we had the privilege of dedicating our most recent new home in Augusta Crossings that was built in partnership with the Ali/Karim family and our sponsors from Red Hat, WalMart, and Grifols.

When it came time in the program to make remarks, the father/husband of the family, El Waleid shared a touching story with us.  On the morning of November 3, 2012 while he and his wife Salsabila were at WakeMed for the delivery of their second child, he received a call on his cell phone.  He looked at the phone and saw that the call was from Habitat and even in the midst of the pending birth, he answered the call from a staff member on our family services team.  El Waleid learned that his application for homeownership had been approved by our Family Selection committee and minutes later their baby daughter, Aseel, entered the world!

How’s that for a blessed morning?!  It’s so much fun to be a part of such joy!


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2420 Raleigh Boulevard
Raleigh, NC 27604-2235
Phone 919.833.1999
Fax 919.833.8256
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