Annual Appeal 2017

The “Season of Giving” has begun. Daily, you are receiving letters of appeal. Like other nonprofits, I am writing to inspire in the earnest hope that you will choose Indian River Habitat for Humanity among the nonprofits to which you will direct your year-end giving.

This year on June 22nd, 2017, Sarah Williams became a homeowner.

Photo: Tania Ortega-Cowan

To most of us, there’s nothing particularly significant about this statement. But for Sarah, a young single mother with two small children, becoming a homeowner was something she never imagined she would actually ever achieve.

Sarah was homeless and living in a shelter with her son and baby girl when she first came to Habitat. A mere 22 years old, she was already housing insecure. With great determination, she began working on improving her life. She secured a job at Chick-fil-A and later found a better paying job with Piper Aircraft.

But we know that even with the greatest effort, there are circumstances that we cannot change in our strength alone. This is where Habitat comes in, to give a hand up to working, low income families like Sarah’s.

Once accepted into Habitat’s affordable homeownership program, Sarah diligently fulfilled her “Sweat Equity” obligation of 300 hours, saved $100 a month, and completed 12 educational classes on topics such as budget and finances, home maintenance, and neighborhood relations.

She kept the home as a surprise for her now five-year old son; he had no idea that his mother was buying a “forever home” for their family. No longer would he have to share a room with his mom and baby sister, and no longer would he have to share bathrooms and a kitchen with other families. Sarah’s children would no longer leave school and daycare to return to a shelter. Now, they would be coming home.

As we enter this year’s season of giving, we hope that you will make a contribution to Indian River Habitat for Humanity. Sarah, and all the families we serve, thank you.


Andrew R. Bowler, President/CEO