Today was amazing.
If you follow my blog you know about my involvement with Habitat. This year our firm completed its 14th house and I've had the chance to get to know some wonderful homeowners but this year's homeowner was exceptional.
|Olivia signing the closing papers|
Atlanta Habitat homeowners are required to take a year of classes with Habitat, put in 250 build hours and part of this time must be spent helping other homeowners. Habitat homeowners work hard to achieve home ownership. This year working with our homeowner I was often amazed with her. We would get to the work site about 7:30 a.m. to unload the truck and start the work day. At 4:00 when the work day ended, I generally came home to shower and take a nap. But not our homeowner. Olivia, a single mother of three, would head home to cook and feed the kids before heading off to work a night shift as a healthcare worker. Every Saturday I would think to myself, I don't know how she finds the energy.
Well today was incredible. Each year the Warrick Dunn Family Foundation selects two deserving Atlanta Habitat families and the foundation in partnership with Aaron's, COMPLETELY furnishes the homes and makes a substantial down payment so that the homeowner has very little to pay on their home. Recipients of the Homes for the Holidays program requires that the homeowner must be a single mom. Warrick Dunn began this tradition to honor the memory of his mom, a single mother of six children, who was killed when Warrick, the oldest child, was only 18.
This morning many of us who built the house were asked to be there at 8:30 for the SURPRISE REVEAL. Olivia had no idea and thought she was coming to sign the closing papers. As we waited for her car to pull up, we were trying to figure out if she would scream or cry, or both. Having worked with her for so many weeks, I knew her sweet and quiet nature and I was sure that she would sob. She did, but she wasn't alone. There were very few dry eyes in the crowd.
We were asked not to take pictures as the event was a very personal moment with the family and Warrick Dunn put his heart into making sure that it was treated as such. It was about Olivia and her beautiful family. It was especially nice that Arthur Blank and two of his children came out to support Warrick and congratulate Olivia.