Nancy Mack understands the power and importance of a home. She had moved 14 times and lived in six different states before moving to West Michigan several years ago.
Like so many of our Habitat homebuyers, Nancy was longing for a place to put down roots, a place to belong. And for her, just like our homebuyers, that meant owning a home of her own.
Naturally, when she bought her first house, she made that investment a priority. Again, just like a Habitat homeowner, she paid her mortgage early and often.
“It was the first entry in my checkbook every month,” she remembers. “I didn’t always want it to be first, but I knew it was something I had to do.”
Nancy’s commitment paid off, of course. She closed out her mortgage years ahead of schedule, freeing up that first line in her check book for whatever she wanted.
And Nancy knew exactly what she wanted. She wanted to keep paying her mortgage — to Habitat, that is. On the one-year anniversary of her final mortgage payment, Nancy filled out a check for the same amount and sent it to Habitat Kent. “I wanted others to experience the same thing I did—that sense of community, that sense of belonging,” she says.
“It stayed in my mind all year. I had a sticky note, but I didn’t need the reminder. It was a celebration for me that I could share by helping others.”
We’re blessed to have such wonderful partners who consider having and owning just another chance for giving. Thank you, Nancy, for your generosity!