Imagine this story – Strong, hard-working families, feeling dissatisfied, for any number of reasons, with the life that they lead, decide courageously that it is time to make a change. They take a risk and put themselves out there when they learn of an opportunity to alter their lives in a dramatic, yet largely unknown way. The opportunity in front of them is exciting, but more than a little frightening. The families will enter uncharted waters and leave behind the comfort of the life they know, commit to hard work for an extended period of time, understand that the change they are about to make cannot readily be undone, all for the opportunity to live among strangers in a very different place with the hope that their new lives will be better than the old.
At the end of November, it would be safe to assume that the above is a retelling of the inspiring story of Thanksgiving, recognizing the success of the colonists we know as the Pilgrims, and celebrating the feast they shared with their new neighbors one year after arriving in the world known, even then, as America. And yet, this story could just as easily be about the families who seek to be homeowners through the Habitat CFC program. Though the distance traveled is certainly not as great, I can’t help but see a correlation between the Pilgrims’ quest for a new way of life culminating in the first Thanksgiving and a Habitat family’s journey toward home ownership that ends with our traditional dedication ceremony and the first breaking of bread with donors, volunteers and neighbors in their new home. Please join us sometime soon at a home dedication – I promise you an inspiring and moving experience.
Though we all have many elements of our lives for which we appropriately feel extraordinarily thankful, we are also blessed with the freedom and opportunity to dream, aspire and reach for something better. This is what drove the Pilgrims in 1620 and continues to drive our future homeowners almost 400 years later. Thank you for all that you do to make it possible.
I hope your Thanksgiving is a celebration of all that you cherish today and all that you dream for the future.