Meet Andrus & Melinda Ganey and their four children. After living with relatives; then living in substandard housing, the Ganey’s needed to be on their own, in their own home with no worries, stress or fears. Unsure of where to go next, they found that Habitat for Humanity of Marion County not only had the answers, but was there to help them every step of the way. They were guided through the application process and soon found that they qualified for the home building program.
The journey to complete 350 sweat equity hours began. Habitat for Humanity walks each family through their program and the result has been a huge success. Along with the sweat equity hours, each family goes through home ownership classes that teach them about budgeting, banking, minor repairs, fire safety, healthy eating and more. These classes are provided by Habitat for Humanity of Marion County and their community business partners.
Andrus and Melinda both are employed and with four growing children, they knew this was going to be a difficult task to accomplish but they would do anything for their four beautiful children. Each weekend, one of them would volunteer either at the Habitat ReStore, our Bowl-a-thon fundraiser, Strawberry Festival or at a construction site to complete their required hours. They also spent many hours working on their own home and getting it ready for their House Blessing.
We are so proud to announce that the Ganey’s have completed all their required hours and will be moving into their house just before Christmas on Tuesday, December 20th.
This day will truly be the end to the long journey of home ownership which at times seemed out of reach. It is a great feeling to know that your children will be safe and secure, where there is plenty of yard to play in and that you can call this place HOME! Join us in welcoming the Ganey’s to their new home.
Habitat for Humanity of Marion County could not offer these programs without the support from our fellow citizens, businesses and sponsors who have donated to this worthy cause to make a difference in their community and provide for a family in need.
If you know a family in need of a home, you would like to make a donation or if you would like to learn ways you can help make a difference, contact the Habitat for Humanity of Marion County at 352.351.4663 or visit our website at www.habitatocala.org.