When we think about the work Habitat Spartanburg has completed during its 30 years in Spartanburg --  we think about HOPE. The HOPE we've given families who had before seen no way out of substandard, or government housing.Habitat Spartanburg Construction Coordinator Peggy Magarahan and new Habitat Homeowner Nancy Tafuri hug during the Home Dedication Ceremony.

We remember the single mom who was living in an apartment with such prevalent mold growth that her child had chronic asthma. After moving into her home, the child has no other health issues.

We think about a family of four who shared a two-bedroom home with a brother; the family shared one bedroom with a blanket divider for privacy. The family is now enjoying the Habitat at Regional neighborhood in a beautiful home with three bedrooms.

We remember a family living in a mobile home, which seemed nice due to the decorating ability of the tenant, but there were exposed nails in the wall and sagging floors. Rodents entered through a hole in an exterior wall, which the landlord covered with duct tape. The family is also living in the Habitat at Regional neighborhood in a safe home, free from rodents and outdoor elements.

Another single mom of two boys lived in a two-bedroom government unit where beer cars and syringes littered the ground and they went to sleep with gunshots in the background most nights. When she earned more money, her rent went up. She and her sons recently moved into her home on Cambridge Circle and have expressed the wonderful blessing their home has been.

Habitat Spartanburg has two YouthBuild homes underway on the City of Spartanburg's Northside. This project, in partnership with the Northside Development Group and the Spartanburg Housing Authority, gives unemployed youth, who aren't enrolled in school, an opportunity to receive education and on-site job skills.

Next month, the Spartanburg Interfaith Alliance, a group of multi-denominational faith organizations will kick-off an Interfaith Build in the City's South Converse Street Neighborhood -- a great location with easy access to the South Converse Street Park and Mary H. Wright Greenway.

These families all met Habitat Spartanburg income guidelines and worked hard on "sweat equity" requirements are enjoying living in their own three-bedroom, two-bathroom homes with a spacious, landscaped yards and a place where they can have privacy and do homework in a quiet bedroom. We build more than houses -- we heighten expectations and we are proud to build to make a stronger Spartanburg.

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