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SoVaNow.com / February 14, 2013Dear Viewpoint:
Since completing our last house (July 2012) we have turned our focus to the beginnings of our next house — to “break ground” perhaps late March or early April of this year (2013). However, we would indeed be remiss without pausing to appreciate — even treasure — a community that has been more than willing to help us make a difference in the lives of others in need, who are willing to work with us, building their very own home.
Gratitude is one of those emotions we don’t necessarily feel unless we think about it — sort of like the act of breathing. Until we focus on it, it lacks intention. But gratitude is very obvious when we think of what is not wrong in our lives that would be — that we have a roof over our heads (if we are lucky enough to) that our spouses/loved ones are healthy (if that is the case) and that our children are happy (if that is the case). To be grateful arms us then, to reach out to others, sharing our time, talents and prayers in order to make a life changing difference that will further perpetuate gratitude.
Through our work at Tri River Habitat — Thanks to the South Boston and Halifax community — we have seen hearts and lives changed and relationships built across geographic, religious, cultural and socioeconomic divides, with physical walls going up and invisible barriers that separate us tumbling down.
What a year who have allowed TRHFH to have! And because of you we (TRHFH) have the wonderful opportunity to celebrate and to look back with gratitude for all you have done to help further our mission. Please continue on this journey with us as we move forward, seeking to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope.
Despite the wonderful accomplishments friends like you have helped make possible, there is still an enormous need for safe, decent and affordable shelter here in our community. We must not lose sight of the work before us. Your prayers, pledges and participation are always coveted and appreciated. Because every hour is a sermon of God’s love.
Gratefully, Bob Hughes
Executive Director, Tri River Habitat for Humanity