DANVILLE — An area non-profit is celebrating a significant milestone. Habitat for Humanity is marking 30-years of serving the community. It’s built dozens of homes and helped hundreds of people.
One woman is giving back to the organization. She works on the family selection committee helping others start the process of applying for a home. But, more than 20-years ago, she was one of the many looking to own a home.
She says Habitat helped fulfill that dream. Sharon Sawka has insight from both sides of the table when it comes to Habitat for Humanity.
“It was back in the ’90’s.”
That’s when she applied to buy a home; something she says still doesn’t seem real.
“Once I became one, I keep pinching myself, even now, 20-some years later, you know? This is mine, this is my house.”
She felt she had something to offer after all the help she received.
“I was sitting in their shoes. I know what it was like to be on the other side of the desk.”
She serves as a member of the family selection committee and says it’s the best way for her to give back.
“The Lord has given me and I want to go right back to it.”
Over the last 30-years, Habitat has built 56-homes and changed hundreds of lives, including those of the volunteers.
“You feel like you’re really making a difference.”
They give people the chance to become homeowners and their services don’t stop there.
“That’s 30-years of a not-for-profit organization that has hundreds upon hundreds of volunteers and board members and partner families and committee members.”
They also have Re-Store; a shop filled with anything a homeowner may need. Sawka says, without this organization, some people’s lives would look a little differently.
“You work, you pay for the home and it’s going to be yours.”
The official celebration took place earlier this month during a home dedication.
Since it started, Habitat has helped thousands around the globe. Since 1976, it’s built, renovated or repaired more than 600,000 homes and given 3-million people places to live.