Habitat Home Dedication

We had a great turnout for the home dedication!Kim Mathis, a Habitat board member and homeowner, was instrumental in the process of aquiring and developing this propertyAnother Partner-family, Tasha Underwood and her daughter, came out to celebrate the occasionThe house before renovationProud AmeriCorps members, George Buckman III and Aster Myer, posing at the Wallace-Bassett Home Dedication on 7/13/12 in Germantown

Habitat home renovation and dedication, a set on Flickr.


This home was dedicated to Michael Wallace and Bilqis Basset on July 13, 2012. You can see the rest of the album on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/gregorybradley/sets/72157630644719380/ 

Mike and Bilqis have been in our home ownership program for almost two years and served over 350 hours of “sweat equity” to make their dreams a reality. The hours served with Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia are in lieu of a down payment and interest on their home. Mike was in disbelief throughout the entire process, he simply could not believe that such an organization exists. He had to work and could not make the dedication, but sent many thanks to everyone that made this day possible.

I consider myself very lucky to be part of an organization that gives wonderful people a hand up (not a hand out) and really helps change lives. Mike and Bilqis have four children that will benefit greatly from living in a safe and affordable home. There are tons of statistics that explain how much more likely it is that kids get good grades and  finish school etc. Working for families and such a great cause doesn’t really feel like working at all.

This was the first home dedication that I went to for a partner family that I work with for a significant amount of time. I became very close with Bilqis working alongside her on Saturdays for about 3 months. She is a good worker with a great sense of humor. She has been a great addition to the Habitat family. I am looking forward to keeping in touch her with her and seeing how this house becomes a home.

Congratulations Mike and Bilqis! Good luck to you and your family in Germantown.

*As requested, no photos were taken of the family for religious reasons.


2 thoughts on “Habitat Home Dedication

  1. MM says:

    Inspirational story. Keep up the good work. I know this was not possible for this particular project, but pictures showing old and new conditions side by side (with same angles) would be more interesting. Idea for future projects.

    I would like to know how many houses were built in the last couple of years (through this nonprofit). Do you know?

  2. Steve A says:

    Hey Greg – What an awesome project to be a part of! You’ve done a great job capturing the different elements of the project. It’s incredible to see the shape that property was in at the beginning and what your group was able to transform it into. You should all be very proud of yourselves!

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