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A Habitat home is far more than just a house. It's a place where a family can share their day, plan for tomorrow, and dream about the future. A place to call home provides important peace of mind and stability for the entire family. When we reach out to a new partner family to let them know they've been selected, the excitement in their voices and the cries of celebration from other family members is so powerful and moving. It's truly an amazing experience and all made possible through the generosity of people like YOU!
A HABITAT HOME IS MORE THAN JUST A HOUSE.
That's right! Your support of our efforts makes dreams come alive for our partner families. How cool is that? You have the power to make a positive difference in someone's life through your donation today. Please join us in putting more smiles on the faces of our partner families. Every gift is so important because YOU choose to make a positive difference through your contribution.
On May 23, Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity (GSHFH) celebrated the completion of construction for new two-story house in Springfield. A single mother with two sons purchased the home in early June 2022. In July, we celebrated the two families who will purchase neighboring houses in Holyoke. Construction simultaneous. It's quite impressive, especially when you realize the GSHFH construction crew consists of two full-time staffers, three part-timers, and one part-time equivalent. None of this could be achieved without our phenomenal volunteers AND your generosity.
Natasha has dreamed of planting proverbial roots in Springfield since her childhood. Yet, she had been unable due to turmoil in her parents' marriage that caused her (with her mother and sister) to move around a lot. Later, she found instability and challenges with her sons' fathers. She turned to her sister for help only to find more trouble. When Natasha learned about GSHFH's homeownership program, she knew this was her opportunity for stability and roots! Natasha applied to the program several times beginning in 2016. In October 2020, she learned she and her sons had been accepted. Their house on Bay Street in Springfield is finished and a Natasha closed on the house in June 2022. Click below to see Natasha's journey from acceptance into our homeownership program to opening the front door of the home she helped build.
Ireydiza and her husband Juan will soon purchase a three-bedroom GSHFH home in Holyoke in the summer of 2022. The couple has two young children. Just four years ago, the family was happy, healthy, and dreaming of buying their first home. Then tragedy struck. A workplace injury disabled Juan, the breadwinner. Following several surgeries and two strokes, their dreams were put on hold. Juan was unable to return to work. Ireydiza left school to be the sole breadwinner, create time to care for her young children and recuperating husband.
Despite the pain and struggle, Juan gives back where he can. Whether it’s playing with his children, sharing his story on social media to bring awareness to strokes and the symptoms, or supplying food to the homeless, Juan is determined to make the best of his situation.
“Juan is a ‘helper’ who has regained a sense of self-confidence by doing his sweat equity hours,” said Deborah O’Mara, GSHFH Family Services manager. “I have no doubt Juan and Ireydiza will be givers in their community for years to come.”
Single mother Jennifer and her three teenage boys will move into a three-bedroom home currently under construction. After becoming a teen mom, she said she struggled to earn better than minimum wage. With her mother’s help, she went back to school and became a certified medical assistant working at a local doctor’s office. In doing so she achieved financial stability and overcame many of the obstacles facing a young mom. But, she wanted more for children.
Since divorcing her abusive husband, Jennifer has strived for a safe and decent affordable home. Within her current apartment, her two youngest sons share a bedroom and bed. Looking for a sense of privacy and space, the youngest boy sleeps on the couch. Additionally, the neighborhood they live in is very unsafe. It has several vacant buildings, homeless people, drugs, and vehicles are frequently vandalized.
“I see so much better for my children and I want to be able to provide them a forever home – a place where we will feel safe, stable, happy, and accomplished,” Jennifer said. “We want a place to create beautiful memories for many years to come.”