The final touches are in process at the homes, so on May 18th we held a Slab Signing Party for those who have been involved in the planning and construction. Just before laying the flooring in the primary bedroom, we gathered for a preview, some refreshments and to write best wishes to the families on the bare concrete. Even though the messages are now hidden under the carpet, the thoughts will always be there!

Meet a Habitat Family
Rudy and Dalia, and their four sons, are anxiously awaiting the final phases of their home construction so they can make it their own. When asked what is the most exciting benefit of the new home, Dalia didn’t hesitate. Her dream is to have a yard where she can allow the three-year-old twins to play freely outdoors without worrying about their safety. For the older boys, who are 14 and 11, Rudy confirmed that they are eagerly planning how they will decorate their own rooms.

Both parents have put in hours of time with Habitat working on their sweat equity commitment. though caring for the two youngest occupies much of Dalia’s time. Rudy balances his pool service business appointments with hours in the ReStore and warehouse.

We all are looking forward to the dedication and handing over the keys.

A Brush With Kindness Program Helps An Elderly Homeowner with Water & Sewer Lines
Habitat received a call in February about an elderly woman who had not had running water in her mobile home for about a year. At 83 years old, “Jane” is only partially sighted on a fixed income. With no hot or cold running water and no functional sewer line to the septic system, she had no way to bath, use her toilet or wash dishes.

Fortunately, she has been blessed with an angel of a neighbor who provided her with bottled water and walked her to the community clubhouse to use the shower and toilet facilities. She also launders Jane’s clothes and cleans her kitchen, shops and cooks as needed, and takes her to doctors appointments and more, without expecting anything in return.

Working closely with the neighbor, our coordinator assessed the problems and arranged to clear the sewer line and replace sink fixtures so the water could be turned back on and she would have hot and cold water in both the bathroom and kitchen. We also repaired the bathroom’s rotted floor and installed a new toilet.

As a bonus, we were also able to help the neighbor with an issue in her home. We sent our electrician over to repair some faulty outlets and put her A/C unit on a dedicated circuit so she could safely run it.

A small thanks for all she has done to care for someone in need.