The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

September 22, 2013

Habitat adds much to community

The Commercial-News

---- — The local Habitat for Humanity chapter dedicated its 50th home last week, a milestone of note for the all-volunteer organization.

Habitat is dedicated to providing affordable housing for people. Families must meet certain qualifications to be part of the program. Its participating families also must pay a mortgage and dedicate a number of hours to work on a home. Habitat does not give away homes.

In return, the families can live in decent, safe housing.

Habitat’s efforts in Danville range from renovating existing homes — a practice its leaders say they want to renew — to constructing homes from the ground up. Its volunteers do the work, aided by contributions from businesses and the community.

On the group’s 50th home completed a few weeks ago, more than 100 volunteers — including many first responders such as police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians — pitched in to help.

Habitat’s efforts reach beyond the family who moves into a home. The effect of the group’s efforts ripple through the community. In the neighborhood around the intersection of Center and English streets, Habitat has constructed several homes. The structures replaced several dilapidated houses. The work not only improved the appearance of the area tremendously, but it improves the property values of not only the Habitat sites but neighboring properties as well.

Without the use of government funds, Habitat changes lives and communities. Volunteers labor long hours to do good things for their neighbors in need.

We add our congratulations to Habitat for completing its 50th home, and look forward to many more dedications in the future.