October 2016 Newsletter

bettycropMeet Betty!

Interviewer: I'm talking today to Betty, who is our latest homeowner to pay off her mortgage. Betty, tell me how it feels to have your home paid for.

Betty: It's indescribable. I never thought that I would own a house of my own in fifteen years. I'm just sorry that my husband isn't here with me. But you know things happen and he went home to be with the Lord. I know he's smiling down at us.

It's been a struggle but it's a good struggle. My husband, a quadriplegic, got sick fifteen years ago. We were living in an apartment that did not have handicap access. A lady at work gave me a brochure for Habitat that said, "Affordable Homes, Affordable Prices." Every time I went to work, she said, "Did you call the number?" I said, "No, I am not ever going to buy a house, because it's just me working." She said, "You need to call the number."

So, one day I called the number and someone answered. They told us to come to the Methodist Church on Windy Hill for the first meeting for Habitat. At the meeting, They told us the income and credit qualifications. They told us what you had to bring in and we sent it in.

After a couple of months or so, someone called to say they wanted to see the condition of the apartment. Somebody came out. From there we just started getting phone calls telling us where the next meeting was going to be and we were there. But it was just so awesome that people in the community thought enough to pick me to be a Habitat homeowner. But I'm just glad you all chose me. It's so wonderful.

The house just came up all at once. You know when God is in the plan, ten weeks looked like two weeks because the house was built so fast. My husband was out there in a wheelchair when the weather permitted. Sometime the weather was too cold for him. Just the smile on his face was overwhelming.

I am still in the house. I am just so thankful. It's a wonderful organization, Habitat. I don't know where I'd be without them. I couldn't own a house in fifteen years without Habitat.

 

Being a Volunteer

Valerie speaks up about being a volunteer at a recent build. Watch the video or read the transcript.

 

Still Going, Still Growing

Maggie dropped by to show us a 35 pound watermelon she had just picked. At 85, she is our oldest homeowner and still one of the most active. Meet our Maggie, our oldest homeowner ...

Kroger Rewards

We are now a member of Kroger Community Rewards program! If you shop at Kroger, you can choose to help raise funds for us by enrolling in this program.

It's really easy to register. Go to: krogercommunityrewards.com
Follow directions to sign up or sign in to your Kroger account. Follow the prompts to sign up for Community Rewards. Use our name (Northwest Metro Atlanta Habitat for Humanity) or number (# 70650). It's that easy!

Serving our Veterans

NW Metro Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, in partnership with The Home Depot Foundation, began building a home on August 13, 2016 for Matthew, a U.S. Army veteran with disabilities and single father with three children.

Find out more ...