It’s a question that Habitat homeowners, volunteers and staff are blessed to answer — and hear answers to — almost daily.
A mom in Missouri sees her Habitat home as way to establish stability for her two growing boys . A teenager in Colorado reflects on how hard she’s seen her mother work to help build their new home, how much will and determination she has shown. In Uganda, a family now has a safer, healthier place to live and new vocational opportunities.
Comfort. Security. Favorite family memories. A place of refuge. We asked our readers to share with us the many ways they think of home. Here are some of our favorite responses:
"Home is a place blessed, where you and your family can be secure, have all you need, and share your sadness and happiness. Where you can help each other as a family. It does not matter how big or small. I live in a small room with my two sons, and we share our thoughts." — Honey
"Home means a new chapter in my family’s lives, a fresh new start, safety, security, unity." — Betty
"Since 2007, I’ve built four homes with Habitat for Humanity families. The common thread binding each family was that each home became these families’ base for everything: faith, hope, family, school, fellowship, even future struggles and conquests. Home gave these four great families a relief from the stresses of unsuitable or dangerous living conditions so they could focus on what’s next, not just what’s now." — Chad
"Home is a safe haven and a comfort zone. A place to live with our families and pets and enjoy with friends. A place to build memories as well as a way to build future wealth. A place where we can truly just be ourselves. And whether our houses are big, small, fancy or modest, they are our shelters and our sanctuaries." — Linda
"A home means a stable foundation. When I was a little kid, my parents never had their own place. With 5 kids, my dad worked 7 days a week 12 hours a day; mom worked off and on. We went from one place to another. I can remember one place we lived in had no bathroom, the windows were missing, the walls no better, there were holes in them. 16 years ago I started helping Habitat and will always help people in need. God bless and thanks. P.S. Dad, you’re the best, will always remember you!"…