Through the generous support of United Way and our communities, Habitat for Humanity of Clay and Yankton Counties partners with people to help them build or improve a place they call home. The self-empowerment created by this opportunity helps homeowners eliminate barriers to a better, healthier, more financially stable life. That is exactly what homeowner partner Karisa stated when asked why she applied for a Habitat home. “My dream is to provide a safe, stable home for my children to instill a sense of security and boost their self-worth.”
Karisa, like more than half of all hardworking wage earners, has made at least one trade off in the last three years to cover housing costs. In Karisa’s case, the family resided in a small-overcrowded two-bedroom apartment and she works consistent over-time to make ends meet in order to provide for her three young children.
Karisa feels that leading by example, her children will see that through hard work and self-discipline, you can conquer everyday struggles and accomplish your dreams. She is grateful to the Yankton community for giving her the opportunity to purchase a safe affordable home for her family.
Habitat for Humanity is best known for engaging people from all walks of life in rolling up their sleeves, getting a little dirty and lending their hands to our mission. To help sustain and grow our efforts in our communities Habitat purchased 218 Capital Street and transformed the building into a ReSale Store. The ReSale Store serves our work of building strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter by providing a sustainable revenue stream to fund our affordable housing mission, but it also opens the door to serve more families living on a fixed income thus broadening the scope of families that our affiliate can serve.
The Habitat ReSale Store accepts donations of lightly used furniture, appliances and building materials that are sold to the public at a discounted price. Since July 2016, our recycling program has diverted over 95,910 tons of perfectly good items from our landfill. In the past six months, the Habitat ReSale Store has served twenty families in need of beds through community referrals or a freewill donation.
No matter who we are or where we come from, we all deserve to have a decent life. We deserve to feel strength and stability day after day. We deserve to know we have the power to take care of ourselves and build our own futures. Habitat believes that with a little help, we all have the potential to stand on our own.
United Way’s support gives families the opportunity to help themselves through our homeownership programs. Homeownership allows families to save more, invest in education, live in healthier environments and have more financial stability. It is the foundation for success and a better future.