On May 26th, five girls and five staff were part of the Women’s Build for a Habitat for Humanity Home in Provo. To be a part of this special home built almost exclusively by women, Heritage needed to be in the Circle of 100. This is where 100 women or organizations, each donate 1000.00. These women and their organizations then have the opportunity to help build the home. Thanks to a private donation, these ten people were able to have this experience. They pounded in nails, shoveled and leveled two tons of road base for the carport, and built the front wall. The girls and their staff worked hard but the connection and purpose for the build really clicked when they met and worked side by side Crystal Long, the future home owner.
Crystal is in her early 30’s, is a mother of two children, and was recently widowed. They are a family rebuilding their lives. This home gives Crystal and her children safety and stability. This home is rebuilding their hope and their faith and allows them to share that hope with others. The Heritage building team was fortunate to be a part of the project.
One of the things the Heritage team learned was that as the foundation laid, Crystal placed a Bible in it. She wanted her children to have the visual that their home would have a foundation based on the Bible. Crystal shared with those in attendance that their home would be a home of faith, hope, and love. As Crystal tearfully thanked the students and staff for their efforts on behalf of her family, hearts were touched.
The Heritage team was invited and plans to attend the ribbon cutting scheduled for September. As for Crystal, she connected so well with the Heritage students that she was invited to speak at Heritage in June.