I GREW UP IN A HABITAT HOME
This summer, my mom paid off the mortgage of a house she purchased in 1999 in the Roosevelt Park neighborhood of Grand Rapids. Having this home to call our own changed our lives, and I will forever be grateful to Habitat for Humanity for making it possible.
Before we built our house with Habitat for Humanity of Kent County, we had to move all the time - I went to four different schools just in the course of my first grade year. My mother did the absolute best she could on a single income, but the myriad issues that came with the apartments within reach often meant we had to bounce from place to place.
Once we had a home of our own, however, things were qualitatively different. We were finally able to set down roots, and I was able to form lasting friendships without the fear of moving and losing them in a few months. This newfound stability contributed greatly to my success in school, and I was able to get into my first choice college. The affordable mortgage payments also meant my mom was able to help with some of the many college expenses not covered by my scholarships. Because of that support, I graduated Michigan with honors, attended my first choice law school, Columbia Law, and have since had an exciting career as an attorney in NYC.
I’m writing to you today because I want you to know about the real and personal impact of our Habitat home. And I want to thank you for supporting Habitat Kent - because having a real home of our own has truly changed our lives.
With gratitude, Sarah Babka