Tough as Nails: Strengthening the Benton Community through Affordable Housing

Tough as Nails: Strengthening the Benton Community through Affordable Housing

4.2 million children in America wake up every morning not knowing where they will lay their head at night.

Unfortunately, the American dream doesn’t always turn out exactly as we dreamed of. Many Americans who can’t find quality affordable housing can find themselves in a less than ideal situation for a number of reasons. Maybe your co-worker lost her home in a devastating hurricane. Insurance won’t cover repairs. Or your son’s Pop Warner coach was unexpectedly laid-off from his day job. Now he has to choose between lights and running water or feeding his wife and children. The reality is each person that you meet every day is just a few degrees of separation away from a family, a friend, or a neighbor impacted by a suddenly losing their home – if not themselves.

A decent and affordable place to live helps families by freeing them from such physical and mental hardships and placing them on a path of new opportunity and increased confidence and self-reliance. – Habitat.org

Kristal Cook

Kristal Cook at Jefferson St. build in Benton on October 30, 2018.

Habitat for Humanity’s commitment to affordable housing

That’s why we chose to partner with Habitat for Humanity of Saline County. To help alleviate the stress, depression, and hopelessness that families in our community are experiencing. This week, ACDI software engineers, sales reps, production managers, and more gathered at a local site to participate in a Habitat build. These professionals spend their days comfortably in an office, but they looked just as comfortable among hardworking contractors, scary tools, and dirt as far as the eye could see. For some, it was a life-changing experience.

“The thought of not being able to provide for my family is absolutely terrifying,” said Kristal Cook, Solutions Specialist II. “What’s even more heartbreaking is knowing that there are millions of parents just like me out there who are struggling. As a Benton resident, as a woman of faith, and as a parent, it is my honor and my duty to do whatever I can to help families in need.”

ACDI Engineer Rafael Adjunta noted, “We’re out here for just a day but the real heroes are the men and women of Habitat for Humanity who are changing lives year-round.”

In New York, 1 in 10 students has no permanent place to sleep at night. In 1997, 1 in 20 students had no permanent place to sleep at night.

Rafael Adjunta inside Jefferson St. build in Benton on October 30, 2018.

Rafael Adjunta inside Jefferson St. build in Benton on October 30, 2018.

Join the movement

Send your daughter to college or live in an unsafe neighborhood? That’s a decision that no family should be forced to make. With Habitat for Humanity, every donation makes a difference. To get involved or donate to a family in need, visit www.habitat.org today.

What is my donation used for?

$25 – box of nails
$100 – exterior door
$1,500 – a fence
$10,000 – a foundation
$75,000 – a home

How else can I help?

  • Provide lunch for volunteers on build days
  • Provide snacks/water for volunteers at the build site
  • Donate building materials/equipment
  • Donate to Habitat ReStore
  • Volunteer at a build site or ReStore
  • Attend fundraising events
  • Choose your local Habitat on your Amazon Smile account
  • Choose your local Habitat when you shop at Kroger