A reliable car. A savings account. Neighbors who are friends.
These are the life changes Cherity’s family has experienced since she became a Wichita Habitat for Humanity homeowners six years ago.
“Having this house has changed everything,” Cherity says. The family moved constantly before purchasing their Habitat home. “My kids never had a home. They never had a street where they could play with their friends. They have that now.”
“This home is teaching my children how to become good men,” Cherity says. “You can’t do that unless you have a basic foundation and Habitat gave us that.” Son Tristan agrees. “This house has provided us with so many opportunities.” Tristan is a high school student and a member of the National Honor Society. “This house is what lets us be happy.”
The family’s appreciation of Wichita Habitat’s work didn’t end when they moved into their home. Cherity and Tristan regularly volunteer on build sites. “I love this program,” Cherity says. “It’s a hand up, not a hand out.”
Last Fall, Cherity volunteered to help Kim, her future next door neighbor, build her home. Those hours shared on the construction site also built a friendship. “I loved listening to her tell me how excited she is to get into a house,” Cherity says. “I’m just so happy for her.”
“It’s a joy to volunteer alongside families working to improve their lives,” Cherity says.
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“I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being,
let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.” ~William Penn