A Salute to Habitat

Homer Smith Insurance has been working with our community on the peninsula since 1950.  We have seen a lot of changes in that time but one thing that has remained steady through the years is the sense of community here.  Today we would like to celebrate one of our treasures – Habitat for Humanity. 

Habitat for Humanity is a national nonprofit organization that believes every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live.  They support that belief by working with families and volunteers to build affordable housing for people around the world.  Habitat builds homes for people in need regardless of race or religion and engages volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds.  Among its prominent supporters are President Jimmy Carter and his family. 

There are Habitat for Humanity organizations in both Jefferson and Clallam Counties.  Habitat offers a hand up to people who cannot afford homes.  Community volunteers help neighbors to build a house; Habitat homeowners pay back the cost of their housing materials through a low cost mortgage that usually lasts 20 to 30 years.  While the actual building of homes is done by volunteers and families, it is donations from the public and earnings from Habitat second-hand furniture stores that help cover the cost of land, roads, utilities and other overhead that get the process started.

Each of the county organizations is active.  Recent news from Habitat for Humanity of East Jefferson County is that in November of 2011 they dedicated their 23rd and 24th houses.  In the last year, Habitat construction volunteers provided over 10,000 hours of service.   They also opened a pilot Neighborhood Revitalization project in Quilcene – one of only fifty five such projects around the country.

Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County is also very active.  They recently announced receipt of a 2011 Thrivent Builds with Habitat grant. The grant is funded through Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and will aid in the construction of houses planned for the coming year.

Both organization support Habitat Stores and you can check in online to see what furniture, treasures and artwork are available!

As a Washington home insurance agent, Homer Smith Insurance salutes the efforts of Habitat for Humanity as it works to support our community!  We hope you do as well.

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