Cushman & Wakefield recently joined Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento to assist in the construction process of a new single-story home for a highly deserving and honorable Veteran family in North Sacramento. The project marked the non-profit organization’s first-ever Veteran home build in the greater Sacramento region.
Our Sacramento office assembled a team of eight excited and hard-working volunteers, consisting of Mania Mucoki, Chris Narayan, Blake Batula, Doug Chapman, William Austin, along with ourselves (Mark and Ron). Together we got out there with our brushes, rollers, paint cans, and, sporting our blue Habitat ‘Through Shelter We Empower’ t-shirts, helped to paint the interior and exterior of the new house, which we believe we were able to get quite a lot accomplished through this intense ‘sweaty’ effort.
We feel strongly that it is our duty and therefore take great pleasure in our active approach to helping strengthen and enrich our communities. Our Sacramento team considers ourselves very fortunate in life and by volunteering and or supporting such wonderful and needed community efforts allows us a great opportunity to give back. This was our third consecutive year to join Habitat in Greater Sacramento, which year after year we have maintained great response from within from people wanting to help these deserving families in need. And it definitely won’t be our last. This year’s Veteran home build project was also extra rewarding for us as a firm as it allowed an opportunity to say ‘thank you’ and help serve a family that selflessly served all of us and our country. We truly considered it an honor and privilege to take part.
Habitat Greater Sacramento builds an average of 6-8 homes each year and their partner families purchase their home with a 30-year, zero interest mortgage. Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. One of the unique characteristics in Humanity’s community approach is its ‘Sweat Equity’ policy to continue the cycle of giving. All partner family applicants must contribute 500 hours of sweat equity building their home as well as the homes of other partner families.
Habitat has a special vision to help create ‘a world where everyone has a decent place to live.’ And what else we find special is the organization views themselves as ‘an empowerment program, not an entitlement program, giving people a hand-up not a handout.’ A recent survey of the affiliate’s past 100 families from Habitat for Humanity Greater Sacramento found that since receiving their Habitat home: 76% of families with school-age children have seen an improvement in study habits and school; 59% of families have had at least one family member start or complete higher education of job-training programs; 57% of families have more savings; and 48% of families feel more connected to the community.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all. For more visit: https://habitatgreatersac.org/