Home for the Holidays

Habitat welcomes four families to new homes

Home for the Holidays

This fall more than 800 volunteers worked alongside Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity (GDM Habitat) and homebuyer families to take an empty piece of land in Des Moines’ Easter Lake area and build four houses. The walls to the houses were raised at the beginning of September, and by the end of October, four hardworking families were able to purchase an affordable home.

For these four families, homeownership is the foundation for their families to build their lives. “The main plan is to make sure our kids get a great education and grow up with respect and love for the community,” said Nyenor, who purchased one of the homes. “Settling and having a house is a very essential and an important first step.”

Sponsors for the houses included Bank of America, the Building on Faith coalition of area churches, Citi, the City of Des Moines, GuideOne, and Polk County Housing Trust Fund. Additionally, the build included the annual CEO Build, bringing nine local leaders to volunteer for a day.

“We are thankful for the many partners, sponsors and volunteers who make building homes alongside low-income families possible,” said Lance Henning, GDM Habitat Executive Director and President. “Through the support of the community we are able to create hope for hardworking families and open doors for many more opportunities.”

In 2014, GDM Habitat will serve more than 130 families through homeownership opportunities and homeowner-occupied repairs with Rock the Block®. Polk County Housing Trust Fund is one of the supporters that make it possible for GDM Habitat to meet affordable homeownership needs and revitalize neighborhoods.

“Polk County Housing Trust Fund’s partnership has helped equip families to be successful as homeowners and purchase an affordable home, made it possible for homeowners to complete home repairs and maintenance,” adds Henning. “Polk County Housing Trust Fund’s collaboration and support is a key component to our success, and we are grateful for their ongoing support and collaboration.”

Check out photos of these four new Habitat homes and their proud owners on the PCHTF Facebook page!