Becoming a first-time homeowner is both exciting and challenging, and one of the biggest challenges that Habitat homeowners can face is handling home maintenance for the first time in their lives.
For that reason, we make every effort to equip program participants with all the knowledge and skills that they need to be successful in this area. Participants spend the majority of their time in the program on our construction sites, where they learn about all the working parts in a home, gain experience with a variety of tools, and build relationships with amazing volunteers who are willing to be there for them as supportive resources going forward.
Phil Abers, a longtime Habitat Spartanburg volunteer, is also a member of the Spartanburg Men's Garden Club and Trees Coalition. Mr. Abers shared his expertise with Habitat homeowners and others during a recent workshop.
“I’m amazed and thankful that something I love doing so much is helping someone else catch a break.”
These words pierced my ears as Charlene Lyle, a faifthful volunteer and Board Members, said them at a recent meeting. As I listened to these words, my heart skipped a beat.
“Everyone will be victimized at some point, but you can choose whether you’ll be a victim."
Sgt. Gary Watson, Defensive Tactics Instructor with Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office, shared this lesson two weeks ago at a free Self-Defense Workshop at Morningside Baptist Church. He explained that trouble is part of life, and we have an important choice in how we prepare for and process it.
I read with great interest a column by Diana Olick, Real Estate Editor for CNBC the other day.
Her thesis is that due to home builders favoring larger and higher priced homes, overall home ownership is becoming available only to wealthier citizens. She reports that sales of homes priced under $100,000 fell 13% in January 2018 versus January 2017, and home sales between $100,000 and $250,000 fell another 2%. Apparently, there are plenty of homes on the market over $250,000 but not nearly enough available in the affordable price range for most buyers.
The unique component of working for or with a nonprofit group is that it doesn't take long to realize the work is never really done.
You never really get to the finish line, although we establish in our mission statements that we will work -- work so hard -- until our goals are achieved.
Our job is to "keep on keeping on" until we're no longer needed. In our case, we will work until every person in Spartanburg County has access to safe, modest, affordable housing.