Guest blog by Molly Sina
“The joy that is emanating in this room… it’s electric in the air!" Susie DeShon, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity Dedications Committee Member, began the group dedication on the evening of April 30 with the perfect description of the atmosphere. The room truly was electric; filled with eight families, their children, and Twin Cities Habitat staff.
The evening was a fantastic celebration, especially for the children. Twin Cities Habitat President and CEO Sue Haigh was overjoyed for all the families: “The BEST days at Habitat are days like this.” She went on to share the history of Habitat for Humanity and the different opportunities Habitat’s Homeownership Program provides for partnering families. 32 years ago, when Habitat for Humanity began in the Twin Cities, the goal was to give families affordable housing.
Over the past 2 years, Habitat has implemented a new plan to get even more families in homes. Through Habitat’s mortgage, TCHFH Lending, Inc., families and individuals can purchase homes on the open market by working with a realtor and finding their affordable home.
“You all have big dreams for your families, and we hope that you will be part of our Habitat family forever.”
Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity Community Loan Officer Maureen Holman worked with all eight of the families and “had the privilege of walking with them from day one.” The families were overflowing with thanks and gratitude for both their homes and their experience at Habitat.
For some of the homebuyers, like Vanessa who has three children, the communities they are a part of now are priceless and the best part of their new homes. Many of the families at the dedication had children who were just as thrilled about their new homes as their parents. Marinette and Guy were thankful for Habitat’s patience with them through the process.
“Now we have a house were our children can play”
Archa, Mariam, and their children moved into a home in Coon Rapids. They gave thanks, remembering that they came here on hope… “We learned that you shouldn’t be scared of finding hope. For me owning a home is huge, I am very grateful." Victoria, a homebuyer moving to the Brooklyn Park area, was thankful for Habitat’s guidance in the homebuying process, “I wouldn’t know how to buy a house without you. You were very helpful in the process and now my son and I have a home.”
Rosemary, another homebuyer said, “Thank you so much, it is unbelievable I’m here today, but it was a wonderful journey. It was scary at first, but each and every step of the way, you were there for support… I felt supported all the way.” Rosemary’s daughter-in-law Prudence was so proud of her mother-in-law. “She is a very strong woman, I have learned a lot from her, encouragement and strength… and with your help she made it.”
Dedications committee member Virginia Vogt closed with a prayer, “that the homes may be filled with love and opportunity.” It’s moments and celebrations of accomplishments like this that remind us all we have so much to be thankful for and proud of. When we elevate each other and build our community up, the love and opportunity with which these homes will be filled with, is truly limitless. Congratulations to all of the families, we are so incredibly happy for you and your accomplishments!
*All Habitat mortgages are originated by TCHFH Lending Inc., which is Habitat’s wholly-owned nonprofit mortgage company.