Stability and self-reliance. Healthy, happy families. These are the impacts of our homes.
The impact starts when a family is accepted into our program. They are required to put in hundreds of hours of sweat equity and take classes that focus on homeownership and financial responsibility. After purchasing their home, families tell us how their lives are changed. Kids, no longer crowded into bedrooms, have space to study and their grades improve. The home’s dining room provides a place for everyone to share about their day and become closer. Families start savings accounts. Children graduate from high school, attend college and become homeowners themselves.
Since 1986, we’ve worked alongside more than 200 families as they build strengths, stability and self-reliance through shelter. Watch this video and meet our families, donors and volunteers.
Learn more about our impact on real families by reading the personal story below. Then act. Get involved. Help us make a difference.
A New Future for Amanda and Her Children
Before purchasing her home, Amanda was exhausted from living on a busy street in a house with broken windows and a boarded-up back door. At night, she’d lay awake, afraid she and her three kids wouldn’t be able to escape if there was a fire. “We had only one exit,” she said. “I slept lightly in case something happened.” During the day, she worried her kids would be run over by a car while they played outside.
After completing 250 of sweat equity and attending homebuyer education classes, Amanda helped build her home in our Rock the Block neighborhood. She purchased her home in the fall of 2015 and she now sleeps well, knowing they live in a safe place on a quiet street. The children love the fenced- in yard where they play football and celebrate family birthdays with barbecues. The brothers and their sister no longer share a bedroom and have space to do their homework.
Their affordable home gave the family the opportunity to grow closer – they now have a dining room where they can sit down for dinner and talk about their day.
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Wichita Habitat for Humanity’s 2015-form-990