April 23, 2018: Jane Defoe and Leanne Alexander, Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta. website
Bill Fitzsimmons introduced our speakers. However, prior to doing so he gave an overview of the Global Village Teams with Habitat for Humanity. Bill and his wife have been on seven international builds with Habitat.
Jane Defoe is the Fund Development Officer with Habitat for Humanity in Southern Alberta. She provided an overview of the need, indicating people who could not get ahead in life without the help of Habitat. 50% are single parents who struggle to provide a stable family environment for their children.
She gave an example of a mother and three children who were caught in a cycle of unpredictable rent increases, overcrowded conditions, and a lack of access to affordable financing. Typical families live with a constant burden of uncertainty, stress and fear. That’s why Habitat Canada partners with working, low-income families to help them build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership.
Habitat homeownership provides families with more than just equity – it instills them with a renewed sense of pride and responsibility. And while the impact is immediate, the effects are lasting. Research has shown that Habitat homeowners are happier, healthier and more financially stable, which can allow them to return to school, learn a new trade or upgrade their job skills. Meanwhile, their children are more confident and do better in school.
Leanne Alexander is the Volunteer Services Manager with Habitat for Humanity in Southern Alberta. Last year 3000 volunteers helped at Habitat in Southern Alberta. She described three areas people can volunteer their time.
Bryden Horwood expressed the thanks of the club and presented our speakers with our famous Boltman.
reported by Mike Carlin
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