Keys to Hope
On Wednesday evening, September 23, Larry and Edna Carr were the guest speakers at the Keys to Hope Sponsor Appreciation Reception. They shared their experience of becoming Habitat homeowners last year with the 50 guests present.
Larry Carr is a Vietnam Era Army Veteran. After his military service, he met and married Edna, had a daughter and ran a successful sanitation company for many years. Health challenges eventually forced the sale of the company and Larry's name went on the kidney transplant list. He and Edna ended up in a one bedroom Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) apartment, where they had "no choice but to bump into each other." When things were really looking bleak, their VASH caseworker directed them to NW Metro Atlanta Habitat's Family Resources staff, who helped them with their application for a Habitat home.
The Carr's house was sponsored by SunTrust and SunTrust Foundations. For eight Saturdays, 25 or more SunTrust employee volunteers worked on-site to build "the prettiest house in Mableton." Even though Larry has been having dialysis three times per week for over a year, he and Edna never missed a single weekend of the build. Sometimes Larry would get out of the hospital on Friday night, only to show up at 7 a.m. on Saturday morning ready to work.
Larry and Edna addressed their heartfelt remarks directly to the sponsors, "You not only helped us build a house, but you also gave us a home." When the house was dedicated, they were delighted to move into their three bedroom, two bathroom home. Now they don't have to bump into each other (unless they want to) and the mortgage payment is $150 less per month than the rent on the VASH apartment.
Even more important, when Larry receives the kidney transplant, that they trust will occur soon, he will have a great place in which to recover. The Carrs said, "We believe that our walk with Habitat for Humanity was ordained by God. He will continue to bless us and we are truly thankful."
As they spoke, you could have heard a pin drop. The crowd was captivated and truly moved by their story. Thank you Larry and Edna for sharing your story with us.
We are at the North Georgia State Fair at the Jim R. Miller Park, until October 4. Visit our booth and sign a stud to go in our next house. Support our vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Look at our pictures!
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