It’s a basic human need that most of us in the Western World take for granted… You know that your house likely hasn’t moved since this morning. You assume that you’ll pull into your driveway, unlock your door, and have the pleasure of winding down after a long day at work. Unfortunately, there are many people in Hamilton and all over North America that can’t afford housing.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is an organization that ‘brings communities together to help families build strength, stability, and independence through affordable homeownership.’ This popular non-profit is extensively supported by volunteers! Some of the most famous volunteers are former President of The United States Jimmy Carter, and his wife Rosalynn. In 1976, Habitat was created to develop a concept of ‘partnership housing’. This means that those who were in need of a home would work alongside the volunteers. Once the house is finished they would be on a no-interest payment plan till they owned the home. Because of this organization, these homeowners are able to gain strength, stability, and the self-reliance that their families need to break free from the cycle of poverty.
The Farm Fresh Sod donated by Greenhorizons Hamilton was perfect for the Green Street Challenge!
Greenhorizons' Farm Fresh Sod
So, what’s Greenhorizons’ role in the Habitat for Humanity project? On June 2, 2018, the Barton Village BIA organized a street festival. At this street festival, Greenhorizons – Hamilton had the opportunity to donate their farm fresh sod for their Green Street Challenge, a program that was created by Come Alive Outside. We laid our Premium Kentucky Bluegrass sod on a massive section of Barton St which created a space for many toys and activities for kids to enjoy. The purpose of this challenge is to put emphasis on the importance of spending time outside. Many of us simply don’t spend enough time outdoors anymore. Spending too much time inside can be detrimental to your physical and mental state. The Challenge not only provides the opportunity to get people outside, but also gets people active and enjoying the outdoors. Everyone was ecstatic to have such luscious farm fresh sod to enjoy in the middle of the Barton Street Festival.
More Plans for the Sod
After dropping off the required farm fresh sod that morning, volunteers took their time to carefully lay the sod on the road for an afternoon of fun. The best part about this donation is that the Green Street Challenge had further plans for our farm fresh sod... After the street festival was complete, the sod was rolled up again and transported to a Habitat for Humanity project! So not only did our sod provide a lush green space for street festival visitors, it will provide a permanent green space for a few hardworking Habitat for Humanity candidates.
In December, there were three families that gained access to their brand-new homes with the help of Habitat. In this article, on the Habitat for Humanity website, the homeowners talked about how grateful they were. They go on to explain that, without Habitat’s help, they wouldn’t have been able to own a home. These three families now also have farm fresh sod in their yards in addition to shelter from the harsh elements of Canada.This is all because of Greenhorizons and the Barton Village BIA. What a great way to start their summer, and ours.