As they sit down to Thanksgiving dinner in their homes Thursday, scores of local residents will have given a local family a new reason to be grateful.
Last week, the local Habitat for Humanity organization held a blessing ceremony for a new home in South Wheeling. It will be occupied by a woman and her three teenage daughters who were forced earlier this year to vacate the apartment they had been renting. A Wheeling pastor recommended they ask Habitat for Humanity for help.
The organization sprang into action quickly, using a formula that has worked several times in the Ohio Valley. Habitat is not involved in handouts. Its mission is to help people who otherwise would have had little chance of becoming homeowners.
Volunteers provide much of the labor for Habitat homes. A substantial amount of material is donated.
But recipients of the assistance must make small down payments. Then, they are required to help, as much as possible, with construction. Finally, they are asked to repay Habitat as they are able to do so.
It is a classic system of providing people with the proverbial "hand up, not a handout."
Thanks to all involved in the South Wheeling project, a woman and her three daughters are moving into their new home in time for the holidays. What a wonderful project!
Bless all those who helped make it happen.