A New Direction

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By Gary Lasher, President of the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County

It is my honor to have recently been elected as President of the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County.

 We will continue to construct affordable housing for families that are living in sub-standard situations or have no way of finding a decent place to live. But we have identified a need that is much greater and where we can improve the lives of many more.

 This new direction is to help families in need who can’t afford the necessary repairs to continue living in their existing homes. This could be anything from external repairs such as painting to providing a new roof or a fire hazard electrical system. The typical cost for repairing homes is about 10% of what it costs Habitat to construct a new home. This way we will be improving the lives of many more of our Montgomery families in need.

 Most recently, we worked with the neighbors of a veteran who had no heat and a roof needing extensive repair. When he was released from the hospital after receiving medical treatment, he was able to move into his newly repaired home.

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Its' Better to Give

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By Marianne Lynch, May 2014

In those spare moments when I am not working to end poverty housing, being a mom and wife or dealing with some chore around the house, you can usually find me at the garden center at Lowe’s, Home Depot or anywhere else that the smell of flowers beckons me go.  This weekend was no exception.  I found myself wandering around Lowe’s looking at the varieties of annuals and vegetables.

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Indigenous Asset

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by Jean Otto Ford, Director of Family Services, October 2014

While recently reading an article on leadership and vision, I encountered this quote:

“If you want to build a ship, don’t herd people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)

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