In the midst of a worldwide housing crisis, millions of families still live in dangerous, unhealthy housing, struggling every day just to survive. For them, Habitat for Humanity's self-help housing program is a beacon of hope.
Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville provides housing for families who demonstrate the need and willingness to be an enthusiastic partner. Habitat for Humanity offers a hand up, not a hand out to families who invest four hundred sweat equity hours building their own home, as well as their neighbors' houses.
Christ Church has co-sponsored the creation of several Habitat houses over last the last few years. In addition to providing financial support, Christ Church provides team leaders and volunteers for the various stages in the development of a house. Volunteers are constantly needed during the build process and require various levels of skill and involvement. For more information on how you can help, please email the Christ Church Habitat Volunteer Coordinator.
The 2013 build address is 2507 Magazine Street, 40211. We have a homeowner and the foundation is poured!
Our homeowner for this years build is Veniecea Burden. Veniecea began with Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville in June 2012. A Louisville native, Veniecea has one son: Charles, 8-months old. She has worked at the Home of the Innocent's in the environmental services department for over six years. Veniecea learned of Habitat's Homeowner Program through her mom and sisters, who are also Habitat Homeowners. "Homeownership is important to me because there's nothing like having your own home," she said, "I also want something for my son; I can't wait to see my son run through the hallway."
Veniecea believes her Habitat home is special because it's near her mother's house, within walking distance. "My family is special because we are really close, and my mom is like my best friend," she said, "One of my biggest motivators is my son, so he can have his own home. I love my family!" Some of the most rewarding parts of Habitat for Veniecea are the nice people and the mortgage policy. "For zero interest, in 20-years my home will be my own," she said.
In five years, Veniecea plans to be settled in her new home and moved up in her job. "One of my personal goals is to pay off my house and see Charles go off to college," she said, "He's my greatest accomplishment, 'cause he's my baby! I only wish my dad, who passed about two years ago, was around to see me get the keys to my own home."