Just like future Merrimack Valley Habitat homeowner Jessica, pictured here, all future homeowners have to be willing to contribute sweat equity when partnering with us to build their homes. Jessica, a single mother of four can often be seen working off her 240 required hours at the ReStore in Lawrence.
The idea behind sweat equity, families working side by side with volunteers to build their homes, goes back to even before Habitat for Humanity began in 1976. Clarence Jordan — the founder of Koinonia Farm, where Habitat for Humanity began — wrote in a 1968 letter, “What the poor need is not charity but capital, not caseworkers but co-workers.”
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