So last night it hit me… Instead of going on vacations and chillaxing why not do something good for people who are in need during my vacation time. Sooooo it was decided that my next vacation I will be volunteering in the Bayou area for Habitat for humanity. I have volunteered in the past when I was a teen . Instead of having my son volunteer at a soup kitchen I thought I would practice what I preach. Below is some information about their mission.
Bayou Area Habitat for Humanity’s Mission
The overwhelming need for housing in Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes has provided us with the opportunity to change lives in our neighborhoods. In our market, Habitat for Humanity is one of the only affordable homeownership programs that serves families earning less than 50% of income. Cost burden and overcrowding are the most serious problems experienced by many residents. Working with volunteers, families, corporations, congregations and donors we are able to address important housing issues throughout Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes. We are dedicated to making homeownership possible for low-income, working families.
We offer a hand up, not a hand out. We do not give away our houses. We require our Habitat families to invest “sweat equity” hours to help build their home and they must each qualify for a 0% interest loan.
Since 1996, we have built houses in neighborhoods across Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes for basic human need, and Habitat strives to achieve its goal of eliminating poverty housing and making affordable homes a reality for all families.
Started in 1976, Habitat for Humanity built its 200,000th home in 2005.
Habitat for Humanity International houses are sold with no profit made. Homeowners contribute “sweat equity” and house payments are recycled to build additional houses.