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*** Guest Presentation ***
February 6, 2013, The Sidetrackers welcome guest speakers from Beaches Habitat for Humanity. President Ralph Marcello, & Volunteer Coordinator, Sarah Rutkowski will share their mission and give us the opportunity and support we need, so we may play a part in this community outreach program. Sidetrackers are joining Beaches Habitat for Humanity by volunteering March 23, 2013.
Habitat is not a giveaway program. Our program is a hand up, not a hand out. Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Beaches Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses alongside our homeowner (partner) families.
Partner families are selected by a volunteer Family Selection committee based on Our Four Criteria:
1. Need – Currently living in over-crowded, sub-standard or unaffordable housing.
2. Ability to Pay – Earning an income within certain limits, allowing the repayment of an interest-free mortgage.
3. Willingness to Partner – Willingness to volunteer a minimum of 300 hours on the construction on their own or other’s homes.
4. Connection to the Beaches Community – Living or working in our service area for a minimum of one year.
In addition to a down payment and monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor (“sweat equity”) into building their Habitat house and the houses of others. Upon completion, Habitat homes are sold to our partner families at no profit and financed with zero-interest loans. The homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments go into a “Revolving Fund for Humanity” which is used to build still more Habitat homes.
See future posting for volunteering for the March 23, 2013.
“There is no better exercise for your heart, than reaching down and helping to lift someone up.” Bernard Meltzer