I write this note while awaiting the arrival of this year’s first major winter storm. I don’t know what will actually come to pass, but the predictions are dire enough to cause concern and I have heard of several events already being cancelled or postponed, though not a drop of snow has yet fallen on any of our volunteers or the ten Habitat CFC homes currently under construction.
I am one of those stubborn people who never truly believes that a storm is coming until it actually arrives. I have suffered many a long and frightening drive on snow covered roads, because I admittedly tend to ignore the warnings until it’s too late. The truth is that I take my chances with the confidence that comes from knowing that my long and treacherous journey will eventually end at my home. I am blessed with a warm and welcoming place to huddle safely with my family, when one wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. Sadly, not everyone is quite so blessed.
It is a very real tragedy that there are hard-working families in our community watching an approaching storm with the anxiety that comes from not having an acceptable, secure place to be. There are parents and children in Fairfield County wondering what they will do when the temperature drops, when utilities can’t be counted on, when public facilities close and they need shelter from the storm. This is unacceptable. Habitat for Humanity is driven by the conviction that everyone deserves a decent, safe and stable place to call home. This is the motivation that keeps us going and we’re sincerely grateful for your help.
Wishing you safety, security and warmth,