What We’re Thankful For

Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude– a time to reflect on the things we appreciate most in life. This year, we’re taking the time to reflect on a few of the things that we are most thankful for:

Our volunteers

A group of KEMA volunteers, November 2013.

A group of KEMA volunteers, November 2013.

We couldn’t be more thankful for the work of our volunteers. Each week, from Wednesday – Saturday, we have groups of volunteers on-site working side-by-side with our construction crew, our AmeriCorps team, and our homeowners. Without their help, we wouldn’t be able to accomplish the construction on our build sites. We understand the value of volunteer time, and we appreciate their hard work, energy, and enthusiasm on our build sites.

Our partners

A Freddie Mac volunteer working on our Deanwood site.

A Freddie Mac volunteer working on our Deanwood site.

Our corporate partners and sponsors play an invaluable role in sustaining our construction process. This year, we’re lucky to have the support of a wide variety of partners, including National Geographic, Freddie Mac, Promontory Financial, and the Rotary Club. Our partners lend us their resources, financial support, and even don hard hats on our construction sites.

Our homeowners

A new homeowner at our ceremonial home dedication this year.

A new homeowner at our ceremonial home dedication this year.

When families are selected as homeowners, they’re not just buying a home– they’re creating a lasting partnership. Our homeowners dedicate 200-350 hours of “sweat equity” towards construction of their home. In early November, we dedicated three news homes to partner families in Ivy City. For these three families, their dreams of homeownership have become reality through DC Habitat.

Our staff

Our AmeriCorps Volunteer Coordinator, Bryce, signing 2x4s at a Habitat Youth conference.

Our AmeriCorps Volunteer Coordinator, Bryce, signing 2x4s at a Habitat Youth conference.

Our office staff, construction crew leaders, and AmeriCorps members all come from different backgrounds and areas of expertise, but they have one thing in common: a passion for Habitat. They work tirelessly to promote DC Habitat, connect with potential homeowners, and recruit volunteers. Our CEO, Susanne Slater, was recognized for her hard work with the National Organization of Community Architect’s ‘Community Involvement Person of the Year‘ award. In addition, there are so many other people– from our Board members, to our office volunteers, to our web and IT team– who work towards the mission of DC Habitat.

The support of our community

Our Build on the Mall event.

Our Build on the Mall event in DC.

Lastly, we’d like to thank the entire community of Washington, DC for your continuous support. Fighting for the cause of affordable housing in the District isn’t an easy task, and we are grateful to be working in such a dedicated, passionate community. Whether you’re supporting us through donations and volunteering, or through Facebook likes and Instagram or Twitter follows, it all makes a huge difference in the success of DC Habitat.

What are you thankful for this year?

By: Brittany Jezouit, AmeriCorps VISTA

DC Habitat believes that everyone deserves a house they want to call home. That's why we work to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness in the nation's capital by building (and rehabilitating) affordable, energy- and resource-efficient homes for people in need.