Changing Lives...One Family at a Time
By Rose Strawn, Family Services Director, Habitat for Humanity of Citrus County, Inc.
November 2018 begins the 25th year of our Affiliate’s Habitat Mission here in Citrus County! This is a time of reflection and celebration.
To paraphrase that old cliché…”we’ve come a long way”, would be an understatement! Going back to the year of 1993, to our beginnings here in Citrus County, it is, most likely a little known fact that our first HFHCC home took two (2) years to build in Crystal River, with a handful of volunteers who had the foresight to recognize the need for affordable housing in Citrus County! This past fiscal year, which ended June 30, 2018, we provided 15 homes, and by the end of this fiscal year in June 2019, we will have provided another 17 Partner Families with homes bringing our total to 175 families serviced. Looking back just five (5) years prior when we celebrated our 100th Partner Family! Yes, we’ve come a long way!
Personally, am so thankful to have been part of our Habitat Mission since the spring of 2001, serving on our HFHCC Board for twelve (12) years and working on staff for over five (5) years.
We continue to count our many blessings and are thankful for our Home Sponsors and Donors, Volunteers, ReStores, Construction Team, Family Services and Administrative Staff. We continue to express our enduring gratitude toward each facet as we continue to move the needle forward, one home at a time!