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“The day we moved in our last load of boxes, I sat down in the living room on the couch and it hit me.  This is our home!  And I cried for about an hour because I was overwhelmed with joy.  Growing up as a child, we were always moving and there wasn’t a lot of stability.  I told myself when I have kids it would be different.  Sitting there in that moment, I realized my dreams had come true.  We all did it together. Habitat for Humanity is not just a nonprofit organization giving a hand out.  You are all friends and family who help build dreams and community one home at a time, and from the bottom of my heart I thank you.”  -Pam, Habitat MidOhio Homeowner

Thank you for your support of Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio!  It’s because of faithful and generous people like you, giving of your time and resources, that we have served over 600 families in central Ohio through homeownership and home repairs.  Families just like Pam, whose story above is the reason we do what we do.   

Central Ohio is a giving community, we all know that, but never have I been more proud to call Columbus home as I have been these past few days.  The Coronavirus has sent every single person into a tailspin.  There was nothing to prepare us for this unprecedented disruption to our lives, financially and otherwise, and at present we have no way to know how long it will last.  While everyone is being adversely affected, and there are some among us who will be harder hit than others.  For instance, we anticipate that a good many of our current 300 homeowners will be challenged financially - as well as a number of our staff who don’t have the safety net many of us have.  Know we are doing everything we can to support our partner families and employees and will continue to serve as a place of hope and healing.  

We want to ensure that when we come out of this terrible time that have the resources ready to continuing serving low-income families in need, families like Pam.  But we can’t do it alone.

On March 17, 2020 I made the difficult decision to temporarily pause all construction, volunteer work, the ReStores, and administrative offices to best protect the wellbeing of our staff, volunteers and partner families.  While I know this was the right decision for the health and safety of our people, doing so does not come without considerable financial repercussions to our affiliate.

We depend on donations for our programs, and revenue generated from our ReStores to fund our mission, along with mortgage receipts from our homeowners that help us serve more families in the future.  Having to suspend our operations triggers the loss of considerable funding, and that directly impacts our ability to serve families.  While we are utilizing all revenue opportunities at our disposal, it is safe to say we know this won’t be enough.  

It is with this in mind that we have created the “Hope for Humanity Fund” to help us bridge the gap and be prepared when things are back to normal.  This effort will allow the MidOhio team to quickly ramp up our programs, and our ReStores, to mitigate the loss experienced by our partner families and staff as much as possible.  I am beyond humbled that we have several generous anonymous donors and members of our Board of Director’s who have already pledged more than $30,000 to this fund.  Their goal is designed to match any gift to this fund, thus maximizing the impact of your generosity.  

As such, I ask that you please consider contributing to the “Hope for Humanity Fund,” so that we can increase your gift and can continue to help those most in need during this unparalleled crisis.  We understand that everyone is concerned about the future, but any gift helps!  We know what healing power can be generated when people come together, when hope is not lost, and when we refuse to be beaten…for that is the Columbus Way.  I hope you will join us as we stand together, united to serve!

With sincere appreciation,

E.J. Thomas, Pres. & CEO, Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio

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