Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity future homeowner, Sara Christiansen, has been breaking records from the start of her Habitat journey. On Thursday, October 3rd at 5:00 pm, (906 Waverly Place, Green Bay) her hard work will be honored at her home’s dedication.
In September 2018, Sara was part of a record-breaking crowd at a homeownership program informational meeting – 130 households. In October 2018, she was part of a record-breaking 50 applicants who completed their applications.
In January of this year, she and her two daughters, Maleah and Miya, were one of eight deserving families that was welcomed into Habitat’s homeownership program. Once a homebuyer is accepted into the program, they must complete 50 hours of sweat equity to secure their spot on the lot selection waiting list. Again, Sara broke this record, completing her hours in just two weeks!
Despite Sara’s home dedication approaching, she’s not done. As a single homebuyer, she was required to complete 250 hours of sweat equity by building Habitat homes (including her own), assisting at Habitat events, and volunteering at the ReStore. By August 30, she had completed 264.26 hours. In addition, her friends, family, and co-workers have provided an additional 329.43 hours on her behalf! Her employer, EMT International, even participated in two build days.
“I have always wanted to provide my children with a home that was truly ours,” said Sara. “Being able to let them play in a yard and ride their bikes would be a dream come true to them. Providing them with a home means that I will able to provide them with a place that we can make our own, somewhere to make memories and build traditions, a place that we can be proud of because we helped build it.”
This is the 116th home Habitat has built and sold to a qualified homebuyer in Brown County. Homeowners have a zero-interest and affordable mortgage that is made possible through generous donations of money, materials, and volunteer labor. A special thank you goes to the major sponsor on this home, Denmark State Bank.