I came to Habitat CFC twelve months ago, confident that I understood our region’s critical need for affordable housing. I was enthusiastic about working alongside a committed staff in partnership with volunteers, donors and future homeowners to build houses and neighborhoods that would improve communities throughout Fairfield County. I was also nervous about all that I would have to learn.
There are many intricacies inherent in Habitat CFC’s work. Every week is a mix of zoning and land use regulations; finances and lending; legal issues; real estate transactions; grant requirements; leases, contracts; construction; etc. The ReStore adds the purchasing, merchandising, pick-ups and deliveries of a non-profit, retail operation. Just when I think I’m beginning to “get it,” a new circumstance arises with even more to learn.
One year has taught me so much, but I now understand that the learning never ends. More importantly, I have come to realize that it isn’t possible or even desirable to know it all. If we are committed to being the best we can be at fulfilling our mission, then we owe it to those we serve to recognize our limitations and to welcome the guidance and support of knowledgeable, skilled, dedicated and giving people. The most valuable lesson that I have learned is that they always come through!
Asking for help is not the most comfortable thing for me to do. But offering someone an opportunity to join with us in providing bright futures for families, neighborhoods and communities is much easier. This is one of those offers – please join us!