Women Building Better Communities with Habitat for Humanity
We spoke to Noel Brooks, who serves as the JLG’s Diversity & Inclusion Chairman and as Director of Development for Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County, about the League’s recent build day.
On October 15, 2022, JLG Members worked hard to put trusses into place on their volunteer day with Habitat Greenville. The trusses are the frame upon which the roof is built. They are heavy and bulky, but JLG Members stepped up to the challenge and got it done!
JLG Members helped to build a home for a woman in need in our community named Sally. Sally immigrated from Africa and she has been working hard to provide a better life for her two children. When asked what having a home would mean to Sally, she stated, “home is something that I could have where I don’t have to stress myself, they (my children) don’t have to stress, I don’t have to sleep and wake and think about where I am living tomorrow. It was a good thing to be with Habitat. It provides a step towards that dream.”
JLG Members not only helped to build a physical structure that Sally and her children will call home, but they also provided a place of security and safety for this family.
Habitat’s mission is to bring people together to build homes, communities and hope. They partner with families in need of decent, affordable housing in Greenville County to provide an opportunity for homeownership. This opportunity yields not only a safe, stable place to live, but it also allows for families of low income to build wealth and break the cycle of generational poverty through homeownership. Home is the foundation on which to build a better life. Habitat Greenville, along with partners like the JLG, provides that opportunity for hardworking families across Greenville County.
If you are interested in supporting Habitat Greenville, you can visit their website for volunteer opportunities or to financially support families on their journey to homeownership: https://www.habitatgreenville.