Habitat For Humanity Helps Local Family

By: Dennis Burke Email
By: Dennis Burke Email

If you're interested in volunteering or donating money to Habitat For Humanity, please visit them online at www.habitat.org.

Thaer Al-Derawi came to America after the first Gulf War. All he wants is a safe environment for his family.

"My kids to be safe, you know, like my neighbors. You know school, and I think it's close into town," says Al-Derawi.

And thanks to Habitat for Humanity, he's getting just that. A home he otherwise couldn't afford.

"They pay us back a mortgage, but we do not charge them interest on that mortgage. So their mortgage payments are about as much as a rent payment would be," says Michelle Williamson, the local Resource Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity.

Habitat for Humanity started in Georgia in 1976. Since then the number of low income households have dramatically increased. And since the economy crashed a couple years ago, this is needed now more than ever.

Families are chosen based on things like employment history, income and personal situations. All over the country families in need are getting a fresh start thanks to dedicated volunteers. Volunteers like Tom Scott, who's worked on at least eighty houses.

"I love to do it for the children of the families that we move into these houses. They really are the benefactors of it all," says Scott.

Bruce Sheffield is another volunteer who spends countless hours building houses for the program.

"It's just a lot of fun. I enjoy working for the other people and building the houses for those people. But also the connection that we have with the other workers. It's just a blast. I get a high out of it every time I come."

Thaer Al-Derawi is excited for the new start the program is giving his family.

"The cultures are so different, the language barrier, but everybody he says that he has ever met here in Lincoln and anywhere in Nebraska, has been very, very nice to him. He loves Lincoln, and he wants to make Lincoln his home for the rest of his life," says Williamson.

And thanks to Habitat for Humanity, he has the chance to do just that.

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