For nearly three decades now, Habitat for Humanity chapters worldwide have built more than 250,000 houses, providing more than 1 million people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent and affordable shelter.
Some of those houses have been built in our own neighborhoods, including many here in Johnson City. As Press staff writer Kayla Carter reported last month, Simone Andrist and her two children are now the proud owners of the 235th house constructed by Holston Habitat for Humanity. The new home is located on East Holston Avenue.
As with most houses built by Habitat, Andrist and her two teenage children helped with the construction of their home. It is this sweat equity that has helped to make the Habitat for Humanity program so successful.
“It makes you appreciate your home more when you’re able to put your own time in on it,” Andrist told the Press.
Quite often high school and college students work alongside soccer parents and retirees to build homes for Habitat for Humanity. These volunteers don’t ask for financial rewards or praise for these endeavors. They do these things because they feel a moral responsibility to help their friends, neighbors and people they don’t even know get through some very difficult times.
To learn how you can help, too, go to holstonhabitat.org.