Future Homeowner Celebrates ‘Sweat Equity’ Milestone

19 Apr

As part of Habitat for Humanity Niagara’s Homeownership Program families must be willing to volunteer 500 hours of ‘Sweat Equity’ with Habitat and within their community before they move into their Habitat home. That’s a lot of volunteer hours to complete when you’re a single mother of four young children.

Future Habitat homeowner, Asunta, will be purchasing a Habitat for Humanity Niagara house for her and her four children in next year, and just recently Sandy Rempel, Habitat’s Family Service Manager, congratulated her on completing her 500 volunteer hours. “We are so proud of Asunta,” said Sandy. “She began volunteering with Habitat in January in the office, at the ReStore in St.Catharines and as a Site Host on the build sites in Grimsby, Fort Erie and Welland, and each day we saw her with a smile on her face and a willingness to learn more.”

Families can find it challenging to complete the 500 hours as they schedule the volunteering around work and caring for their family. Asunta thought she had completed just over 300 hours. “I was worried that I wouldn’t complete my hours because I’m a single Mom,” she said.

So you can imagine she was quite surprised when Sandy announced that she completed her 500 hours.

“I appreciate all of the Habitat staff and volunteers because they have made me a better person - I have learned so much. Everyone helped me to gain skills and I have improved my communication and my public relations. I am a better person,” said Asunta.

Each family purchasing a Habitat home can have extended family and friends help with a part of the volunteer hours. Completing her 500 ‘Sweat Equity’ hours won’t stop Asunta from continuing to partner with Habitat Niagara in helping to build her home next year. As Asunta continues to volunteer with Habitat, she will be donating those hours to help another family reach their 500 hours and move into their new home.