During this season of giving, our entire team at Greater Fairfield Area Habitat for Humanity is especially appreciative of your past support. I am blessed to witness the incredible impact your commitment has made on the community, including one family in particular, Joselyn and her two children.
Joselyn’s story isn’t unusual or uncommon. Too many times young families, especially single mothers find themselves working hard to put food of the table and a roof over their heads. The idea of home ownership is simply a dream.
Joselyn and her two children, an eight year old boy and 3 year old girl, lived in an old house that was bat infested and had very little insulation. The rent and heating bills were eating up every spare dollar she had. Joselyn works hard, full-time, at an assisted living community, but it was almost impossible to get ahead. She was just barely getting by and decided to apply for a Habitat for Humanity home being built in Fairfield.
Many people think that homeowners are given a Habitat Home for free. This is false. Applicants purchase the home with an interest free loan provided by Habitat for Humanity. They must apply for the home and meet the financial and housing requirements before they are even considered. The homeowner committee then presents their top choices to the Board of Directors for a vote.
In July of 2021 Joselyn was told that she was accepted as the next homeowner! Now came the real work.
A home was being built in Fairfield in partnership with the Fairfield High School Building Tech Class, and many community volunteers. Each homeowner is required to put in 200 hours of sweat equity during construction of their home, or at the ReStore in Fairfield. Friends and family members can also help build sweat equity hours.
“Although it was hard initially to find time to do the sweat equity hours, I feel like the volunteerism and construction helped me understand the process of construction and instill a sense of pride in my home. I also enjoyed being at the ReStore and volunteering in Fairfield.
I LOVE being a new homeowner! It feels so good to go home and know that it’s safe and that there aren’t any surprises like mold or fire hazards. I feel like being able to purchase a Habitat home has allowed my family and me to spend more quality time together. I feel like I spend less time worrying about increased energy prices, too, since it’s so energy efficient. My children are, for the first time ever, playing together in the same room. It’s been nothing short of a wonderful experience, and I feel since I helped build the house, I’m well equipped to handle small DIY projects to make it more home-like and know that my house is solid and safe!” Josie said when asked about the process.
Joselyn’s family is just one of the many families that have purchased a Habitat of Humanity home right here in Fairfield. GFAHFH has provided 19 homes in Fairfield since our inception in 1995. There is a great need in this area for affordable housing, and that is why this 2022 – 2023 season we are providing TWO homes. We will be building a new home, and rehabbing a second home in order to help TWO families achieve home ownership!
With TWO homes also comes a greater need for donations. While this last year has continued to present challenges, donors like you have helped us fulfill our mission of providing safe and adequate housing. I am humbled by the support of friends like you, knowing none of this would be possible without our donors.
Your gift makes a difference to families just like Joselyn’s. It is truly a gift that changes a family’s life. I ask that you remember the Greater Fairfield Area Habitat for Humanity during this season of giving, and that you continue to give to this incredibly important mission. Donations can be made online by clicking the button below or mail to P.O. Box 334, Fairfield IA 52556 – thank you.
Amber Stump McDowell
President, Board of Directors
Greater Fairfield Area Habitat for Humanity
We are always in need of volunteers. If you or your organization would like to schedule a 4 hour session please call (641) 209-9450 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.