A NOTE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR:
Happy New Year! We look back on 2016, I recall placing four Habitat partner homeowners, Nickita, Dwight, Leroy and Emily in their new homes, completing 130 home preservation and repair projects, and officially launching our Neighborhood Revitalization efforts in Woodland Heights. What a great accomplishment for our mission!
Along with the excitement of these accomplishments, we’re always looking forward to helping more partner homebuyers achieve the dream of homeownership, helping more families and individuals stay in their homes by helping with home preservation and repair programs, and continuing our Neighborhood Revitalization efforts.
In our efforts to be an agent of change in Springfield’s fight against the current growth of poverty, we need to remember why Habitat for Humanity exists. The focus is on the individual and families we’re here to help; bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope.
So, as we put the finishing touches on 2016, let’s be thankful for all of our blessings of the past year and keep the needs and challenges of our own community’s poverty on our radar. It is through a culture of philanthropy that includes not only the generous giving of financial donations and contributions but also time and talent that will allow Springfield to stem the tide of poverty and allow Habitat for Humanity to grow its mission and help area residents build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.
Happy New Year,