The Color of Home
By T. Myers
Newberry Habitat for Humanity works every year to provide new homes for qualified buyers through their International Home Owner’s Program. For the past two decades, the local affiliate has been building one or two homes each year in the southern part of Deschutes County. Focused for the past six years in La Pine, OR, the Newberry Habitat has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to complete their builds, adding over a dozen families to the population of the community!
This year one family completed their home in July and two more are set for November. The cocoa color choice of the first family, the sky gray on the second and the butter yellow on the third home signify so much more that an exterior color choice. To each of these new families, the exterior color that they have chosen is the color of HOME.
When it comes time to choose how you will present your new place to the neighborhood around you, it means that the tasks are close to completion and that the new home will soon be ready for occupancy. It means that thousands of hours of volunteer work, hundreds of hours of crew leadership, administrative work and sweat equity hours will be coming to an end, and along with the fundraising and leadership of the Board of directors and the family selection committee members, there will soon be a home- made by and for the people who are ready to move into their little slice of the American Dream.
There will be ceremonies for the next two homes to be dedicated to the new families in November. The time that is spent at these events reminds the folks who made it possible, why they do the work they do to help make homeownership possible. For the families, it is a celebration of a new beginning that will start a new life for them. It becomes the culmination of hard work and lots of choices that comes together to make a home.
So it is not just a cocoa exterior or a sky gray colored house, it is a banana split colored dream of owning a home coming true right there, right then, and forever!
The Habitat International has a mission: We build safe and affordable homes to qualified buyers.
Newberry Habitat of Sunriver and La Pine is working hard to live up to the mission right here! For more information please go online to www.newberryhabitat.org and www.lapinerestore.org . You can go into the La Pine ReStore on HWY 97 for information about the homeowner’s program or to give donations or volunteer! Stop by today and help us build La Pine one home at a time.
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