On a sunny but cool Saturday morning in late February, volunteers gathered at a small construction site on a narrow street in West Price Hill to receive instructions from Natalie, the Habitat for Humanity site manager. Before the construction work would commence for the day, a special ceremony was planned to kick-off the official beginning of the project which would become a new home for a family of five. Soon others joined the gathering – family and friends of the family who would soon call this structure their home.
Just a few months ago Sajah and Earl Woods learned that they and their three children had been accepted as a partner family with Habitat for Humanity. “I have been just so happy and excited about this whole process,” shared Sajah. “But when we drove up today and saw all the people that were here just for us – I felt overwhelmed.”
Building Houses, Building Hope
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati (HFHGC) is a non-profit Christian housing ministry that seeks to eliminate substandard housing by building, renovating and repairing homes in partnership with low-income families. The cost savings from volunteer labor and generous donations allow Habitat homes to be sold to partner families at no profit and financed with no-interest loans. Homeowners are required to invest 500 hours of “sweat-equity” labor, and complete classes in finances and home maintenance.
This is the seventh home that SC Ministry Foundation has supported through Habitat for Humanity. All six of the families from previous builds continue to maintain and reside in their homes.
Mission Moments that Last a Lifetime
The kick-off ceremony included prayers to ask for God’s blessing over the home’s construction, the safety of the workers, and the Woods family. After the ceremony, Sajah’s mother shared that she had been taught by Sisters of Charity throughout her years of education. Now the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati were present in the family’s lives again, through the support from SC Ministry Foundation.