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.