Curve Lake Home Dedication
Maawandoonan – Coming Together in Partnership Celebrating our 1st Home in Curve Lake
On Sunday (April 28), we were excited to celebrate with Tanya and Duane Jacobs, their four children, one grandchild and the many community volunteers, and supporters who attended the home dedication. The Jacobs family received the keys to their new home in Curve Lake from Chief Phyllis Williams and Habitat Board Chair Fred Bennett.
What does a Habitat home really mean? Living in a home that is safe, decent and affordable is something that Tanya and Duane, and their four children, and one grandchild are still getting used to. It’s a good feeling.
“To our family, a Habitat home means we can finally see our dreams coming true,” said Tanya. “We can say, this is our home and be proud of it!”
The Jacobs family had been living in a very small 3-bedroom, 1-bathroom rental home in Curve Lake. Their rental home needed new windows, doors, a new roof, and other necessary repairs.
“This Habitat home means happiness,” continues Tanya. “A place we can feel comfort – a place we can relax!”
Building a Habitat home isn’t as simple as getting the keys and walking into a new home. Families qualify for a Habitat home based on their need for affordable housing, willingness to partner, and the ability to repay an interest free mortgage that is geared to income.
Tanya, Duane, and their family decided to partner with Habitat for Humanity because they had been faced with many challenges when it came to obtaining a mortgage and buying a home on-territory. They put in the mandatory minimum 500 hours of sweat equity by providing volunteer service on the build site, at the ReStore, and through other Habitat initiatives.
A total of 286 volunteers worked close to 2,000 hours combined to help build the Jacobs’ new home. We are very thankful for all of the volunteers who dedicated their time and helped make the Jacobs dream of homeownership a reality.