Thanks to the generosity of our local community, Wednesday, July 29th, saw Habitat Greensboro’s first wall-raising of our new fiscal year and our first wall-raising since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Due to the pandemic, attendance was limited and community volunteers have still not been able to join us on-site. With these restrictions in mind, it is extremely encouraging that the corporate sponsors wanted to move forward and build a home – providing access to safe, stable, and affordable housing for a family in our community. A family who, like others, desires to provide their children with a safe environment, a stable home, and the best opportunities for success.
It is this desire for a better future for his family that led Ahmed to move his family from Khartoum, Sudan, to Greensboro, North Carolina, three years ago. Once in Greensboro, Ahmed was fortunate to find a welcoming community through the Islamic Center of Greensboro and stable employment in his field of study. Yet, while the family settled into their new life, and joyously welcomed the birth of their fourth child, there was one thing missing – a home of their own.
Having met friends who purchased their home through Habitat Greensboro, Ahmed and his wife, Amani, applied to Habitat Greensboro’s Homeownership Program and were accepted. They worked hard to complete their required classwork, and on Wednesday, July 29th, the family helped to raise the first wall on their future home!
Over the next several months, Ahmed and Amani will add their own sweat equity to their home, and homes of other Habitat Greensboro homeowners in process, building alongside Habitat Greensboro staff and volunteers. One day soon, there will be another celebration, that of their Home Dedication and then the Closing.
Their journey is still not complete, but they are well on their way thanks to the support of our generous Greensboro Community. Ahmed and Amani’s home build is being sponsored by The Estate of Rebekah Lee, BB&T Greensboro, CoreLogic, Enterprise Fleet Management, and many generous individual donors.
Habitat Greensboro homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering, or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability, and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves.
Photo credit: Ivan Saul Cutler