One such advancement is the use of more cost-effective, energy-efficient Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) for our three upcoming builds in Bainbridge, where we have recently forged new partnerships to meet the housing needs of our wider area.
One of the partnerships that we are excited to renew right here in Thomasville and Thomas County is that with our volunteers. Now that the limitations on in-person volunteering have been lifted, we can once again invite you to join efforts at our builds and our ReStore. As demonstrated by the experience below of one of our Board members, great things happen when our volunteers and community are engaged.
Last week I had the opportunity to work on a Habitat home that is to be dedicated in memory of a family friend. While we were walking the chalk outlines of the rooms, it was mentioned that an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant shower would be needed to accommodate the special needs of one of the future residents. Shortly after that as we were raising the walls, one of the volunteers got on the phone and negotiated the donation of this special shower. Two hours later, the shower was delivered onsite.
Although just one seemingly minor part of the build, this interaction illustrates so much about what it means to be involved with Habitat. People want to help—by sharing time, expertise, and connections. These are all precious resources that Habitat needs now more than ever. All types and levels of involvement are important, from the donation of a shower or a window to the pledge of a church or business to build an entire house. With such support from our community, we can continue to make progress in addressing the housing market crisis for working families.
While our how will continue to change and improve over time, our why will always remain the same—the importance of home to stability, generational wealth, community, safer neighborhoods, better health, and a brighter future for our children. We are dedicated to moving forward with innovative strategies and solutions for our affiliate and for those in our community in need of decent, attainable housing. We invite you to join us.