Thirty-five years ago, a group of Morris County residents recognized the need for affordable housing in our community and established Morris Habitat for Humanity to bring people together to build homes, communities and hope.
Inspired by our hardworking homeowners -- and powered by volunteers, donors and partners -- Morris Habitat has grown and flourished. Since our founding, we have helped build, repair or preserve homes in partnership with 661 families, and we regularly engage more than 13,000 volunteers a year. The positive impact of our program reverberates to future generations who will never have to experience the severe stress of living in substandard, overcrowded housing -- not to mention the negative health and educational outcomes that often accompany poor housing conditions. Imagine the feeling a young child experiences when she finally gets to sleep in a bed in a room with brightly colored walls, with no mold or moisture, no rodent droppings or drafty windows. We will never really understand the power of what our homes do for families in need.
As Morris Habitat reflects on our progress over the past three and a half decades, we know there is work still to be done. The pandemic has shone a bright light on the affordable housing crisis and the importance of having safe, decent shelter. With your support, Morris Habitat stands ready to continue building and offering families a hand up to homeownership. We have 100 homes in the pipeline for the next four years.
To celebrate our 35th anniversary, Morris Habitat is hosting a socially distanced Pastor's Breakfast and Tailgate on Oct. 22. The celebration will be held at our offices/ReStore at 274 S. Salem St., Randolph. Pictures and video will be posted on Facebook and our website following the event.
Thank you for joining us in this important work. It would not be possible without you.
In Partnership,Blair Schleicher Wilson
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