Habitat Happenings

Kevin’s Blog

At a recent house dedication in Augusta Crossings, Pastor J. Vincent Terry of SE Raleigh’s Mount Peace Baptist Church shared with us a quote that really spoke volumes to me:

“We all drink from wells that we did not dig and we eat fruit from vines we did not plant.”

At that dedication we had two families who generously shared their abundance with us and were the sponsors of the homes being dedicated.  And we had two very blessed families that were excited to become owners of a home for the very first time.  Pastor Terry’s words are unifying, aren’t they?  No matter our financial resources, we are all blessed by and rely on the work of others for our daily sustenance.  This is very obvious in Habitat, but it’s all around us everyday.

 

Stores Closed Tuesday, May 14th

The Raleigh and Cary ReStores will be closed on Tuesday, May 14th.  The staff from the affiliate will be building a house on a Habitat for Humanity work site.  The home is funded by revenue generated from the Wake county ReStores that wouldn’t be possible without your donations and purchases.  Thank you for your help to provide affordable housing for a deserving family in our community!

Build Louder

From our CEO Kevin Campbell:

February 8, 2013

I attended Habitat for Humanity’s annual legislative advocacy conference in Washington,  D.C. earlier this week.  Habitat has long held that our building houses alone will not get us anywhere close to eliminating substandard housing from the world, but that our building of homes plus a strong advocacy voice will be what it takes.

In Proverbs 31:8-9 we hear our call to advocacy:

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
for the rights of all who are destitute.
Speak up and judge fairly;
defend the rights of the poor and needy.”

Habitat has a strong brand and we have access to speak to those in power on behalf of those we serve and are yet to serve who have a need for better housing.

There is a definite budget-balancing rhetoric in Washington these days as there should be.  Even so, we took our message to Capitol Hill that the small amount of federal funding that Habitat receives is vitally important to help us to continue to reach more families in our communities with a housing need.  I was able to meet with staff from the offices of Sen. Kay Hagan and of Reps. Ellmer and Holding.  All are familiar with Habitat’s work and we pray that effective federal programs such as HUD’s Self Help Homeownership Program (SHOP) that funds site acquisition and infrastructure development costs and the Corporation for National Service’s AmeriCorps and VISTA programs will be kept intact as Members of Congress seek ways to reduce federal spending.  Click here to learn more about Habitat’s U.S. Domestic Policy priorities.

By speaking up for families in need who aren’t able to speak for themselves, we build louder and call attention to the great need for adequate housing across our country and world.

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