Reflections on a Habitat Home Dedication
A chilly 20 degrees with light snow didn’t stop over 30 people from crowding into Annetta’s new home on 3261 130th Street in the Buckeye neighborhood. The warm red door with a well-appointed front porch led to a well-lit front living room where Annetta and one of her sons, Jacob, posed for pictures. Today was dedication day.
Dedication day is the culmination of the completion of a home for Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity homebuyers. It's also a recognition day for volunteers, donors and the community who supported their journey. Annetta expects to be in her home in the next month. The 30 people represented a fraction of the muscle that put together her family's home, a complex and exciting process for home ownership. To have a healthy home is to have opportunity. Access to safe, quality, affordable housing, with the supports necessary to maintain that housing, are one of the most basic and powerful social determinants of health. Two homes were dedicated this weekend on 130th with two more to be dedicated on February 9th, 2019.