Jesse Willms: Building Homes With Habitat For Humanity

Posted by Jesse Willms on November 08, 2010

This November, I’m heading out with a bunch of my staff to help build homes with the Edmonton branch of Habitat For Humanity. We are really excited about this opportunity – and not just because it’s an excuse to get out of the office.

As you well know, we are always happy to do what we can to help out the community. In the past, we’ve done that through large organizations with a global reach. I still think that’s important, but we’ve come to realize that we can personally have a major impact on the local community.

Habitat For Humanity does a lot of really good work. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the group, what they do is build housing for families who couldn’t otherwise afford it.  Habitat is a not for profit organization, which aims to raise awareness for the need for affordable housing and promote ownership in order to break the cycle of poverty.

Those families are spending a major percentage of their income to put a roof over their heads, food on their table and have no way to save for their future. By building homes for them, Habitat For Humanity allows them to pay less than they would in rent to have a real home that has value and equity. Plus the pride of home ownership.

In this day and age where rent is going sky high in Edmonton, programs like Habitat For Humanity can be a great source of hope for families in our community.

Habitat For Humanity International was founded in 1976 and Habitat For Humanity Canada was founded in 1985, but it wasn’t until 1991 that Edmonton launched its own local Habitat For Humanity branch. Since then Habitat For Humanity Edmonton has built more than 130 homes for people in our community.

I’m more than happy to help them build more, and I encourage the people who are reading this to learn more about Habitat For Humanity Edmonton and discover what you can do to support their efforts to help our community.

Jesse Willms