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End of Year Reflections from Laura Kelly

Can you believe that 2024 is just around the corner?! I remember thinking this time last year about how excited I was for 2023. We had big plans at Holston Habitat of serving more families, and we can decidedly say that we have. In 2022 we partnered with 6 families, building 4 new homes and completing 2 critical home repair projects. In 2023 we partnered with over 20 families; completing 6 new homes, 3 more are in progress, and 13 critical home repair projects will be completed by the end of the year. Can we get an Amen?!

In so many ways this year, I have seen the Lord’s hand on this mission and work. When we are faced with challenges getting a home built, volunteers step in and get it over the finish line. When we have an insurmountable amount of donations and merchandise to go through at the ReStores, volunteers help us sort goods and get them onto the sales floor. When we’re coming up short financially on a project but still have work to do, vendors and partners step up with material and financial donations.

There are amazing things happening every single day thanks to our compassionate volunteers, donors, and advocates across the region. I am blown away by their generosity and quite honestly, our most regular volunteers have changed me. These amazing individuals have shown me what it truly means to dedicate yourself to serving others without any strings attached. They serve because they truly believe in our vision that EVERYONE deserves a decent place to live. This generosity of spirit is the reason why in 2023, 20 families and counting have a warmer, safer, and more affordable place to call home.

As we look together towards 2024, we have some more big goals in front of us. We hope to build at least 6 new homes, complete 15-20 home repair projects, and begin one of our greatest adventures yet: begin building a Habitat neighborhood in Johnson City!

Holston Habitat acquired a 3-acre parcel from the City of Johnson City in October of this year, which will be developed into a 12-home neighborhood on a cul-de-sac. These single-family homes ranging from 2 to 5-bedrooms will have charm but most importantly, they will be sold to low-income families with a 0% interest mortgage. This neighborhood will also have a small public park located on the south side of the property for the entire community to enjoy. Overall, this project will take between 3-4 years to complete, and we are so grateful for the opportunity to provide more affordable housing for Johnson City residents.

Thank you, sincerely, for your continued support of Holston Habitat’s mission, and for believing right alongside us that everyone deserves a decent place to live. We are motivated now more than ever to make sure that our lower-income neighbors have a chance at having what so many take for granted: a warm, safe home that they can afford.

From all of us at Holston Habitat, we wish you and your families a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and blessed holiday season.


Laura Kelly

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