A Place to Call Home
Alex and Sarah had begun searching for a house years ago, even working with a Realtor. But like many Waukesha County families, they discovered the houses suitable for their family were too expensive and out of reach.
On Saturday, July 28, 2018, Alex and Sarah finally received the keys to a home of their own, as Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County celebrated its 32nd home dedication. This is also the third home completed as part of Habitat's major neighborhood revitalization project on White Rock Avenue.
"The feeling of putting down roots in a community is showing itself to be much stronger than we anticipated," Sarah said. "For so long we've been unsure as to where God had us in the long term, and now we feel this is a clear sign we're meant to stay in Waukesha."
Alex works full time as a mechanic for a bus company here in Waukesha, while Sarah is a stay-at-home mom. They were living in a third story apartment in the home of a family Sarah used to nanny for. After their son Ben was born, they became more concerned about code and safety issues in the apartment.
"We're excited about closets, smoke detectors, and a washer and dryer to ourselves! Our toddler is too young to really understand, but I'm sure he'll be happier without the lead paint everywhere, and in a home with our own backyard to play in!"
Josh and Deborah, close friends of Alex and Sarah, had become homeowners through Habitat's program in 2017. They helped explain the process and give them the push they needed to apply. "We figured, the worst you could say is no," Alex said.
Like all Habitat Homeowners, Alex and Sarah completed hundreds of hours of "sweat equity" while their home was being completed. While Alex spent time on the construction sites building not just his house but his soon-to-be neighbors' houses, Sarah is pregnant with the couple's second child. She put her hours in at the ReStore, which helps raise funds for Habitat's home-building efforts.
Alex and Sarah are overwhelmed by the opportunities that Habitat's community of donors, volunteers and other supporters have made possible for them. Nearly 100 volunteers contributed over 1,000 hours helping build their new home.
"Thank you. Just thank you. Thank you for providing us with a safe home for our children, where we don't have to worry about lead paint, and lack of smoke detectors and fire exits. Thank you for giving us the leg up we needed to flourish as a family. We are so grateful for all you do. We thank the Lord for the role you're playing in giving us a safe and affordable place to raise our children".