June 15, 2012
Habitat helped me improve my life in so many ways. It all started when I lost my job. The company I worked for was suffering due to the economy; the business was collapsing. Coworker after coworker was "released to the industry." Then it happened to me. I decided to return to school to finish my degree so that I could build upon my talents and pursue a career in business administration. I applied for the work-study program at Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County and was given part-time work directly related to my degree-of-study. After working with Habitat for a year, I applied for the home-ownership program and got word that we were approved just in time for Christmas. After the new year, I was hired on full-time. In May 2012, I graduated cum laude from Oakland Community College with an Associate Degree in Business Administration. I worked very hard to improve my life but I would never had gotten this far without help from the community that Habitat brought together. Now, I don't have to worry about breathing the black mold that grew from frequent flooding of raw sewage in the basement of our rental house. I don't have to worry about the expensive energy bills from that old, poorly insulated house. I don't have to worry about the rats that lived in the abandoned house next door spreading disease to my dogs. I am incredibly proud of my home and so grateful to the thousands of strangers that volunteered to improve their local community. Habitat helped me build a house, but more than that, they helped me build hope for the future and confidence in my ability.
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