Habitat for Humanity has built 11 homes in Claremore, and needs help as they near completion on their 12th.
Habitat for Humanity Claremore Executive Director Diane Forst spoke about the impact the organization has on the community.
“There are people that have to work in low-income jobs. That is just the way it is. And they often work two and three jobs, and still don’t have a decent place to live,” Forst said. “I don’t think it’s right that people work two and three jobs and don’t have a suitable place to live, or the opportunity to own.”
Habitat for Humanity provides families in need with an opportunity to invest in their own home through labor and become homeowners with a 0 percent mortgage.
“When a family has a stable place to live, the family as a unit thrives and children do better in school,” Forst said. “It’s better for the whole community for people to have stable living conditions.”
The Claremore Habitat for Humanity is completely funded and operated by the community.
At the current rate of support, they are able to build one home a year.
“If the community supports us with enough money and volunteers, we could build ten a year, it just depends on how much the community backs us,” Forst said.
There is space available for volunteers of all ages and skill sets.
Volunteers who aren’t comfortable swinging a hammer can fill in where they feel useful, whether that is cleaning up the work site, organizing tools, mowing lawns, providing lunches, or helping collect and organize donations to the Habitat ReStore.
“There is a lot of variety for old, young, all physical abilities and skill levels,” Forst said.
Church groups, clubs and other organizations are encouraged to use a habitat work day as a team building exercise or community service project.
Those interested in volunteering can visit habitatclaremore.org to see a list of work days and locations. From there potential volunteers can get in contact with volunteer organizers for more information.