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SVM EDITORIAL – Home sweet homes: Dixon Habitat for Humanity reaches a milestone

Ecumenical group builds its 25th house in 25 years, and we salute its leadership, and its many volunteers for helping to provide a quality, affordable "habitat" for their fellow human beings.

Habitat for Humanity executive director James Dixon hands the keys over to new homeowner Jennifer Groll on Oct. 29 during a dedication ceremony for the organization's 25th home. Groll will move in to the home with her three children, Nate (left), 17, Mario, 12, and Isabella, 6.
Habitat for Humanity executive director James Dixon hands the keys over to new homeowner Jennifer Groll on Oct. 29 during a dedication ceremony for the organization's 25th home. Groll will move in to the home with her three children, Nate (left), 17, Mario, 12, and Isabella, 6.

People who preserve habitat for wildlife engage in a noble cause.

In the Sauk Valley, we’ve seen such activity under the auspices of The Nature Conservancy, whose Nachusa Grasslands is home to a herd of bison, and the Natural Area Guardians, whose members work to restore and preserve natural sites for wildlife.

People who build habitat for other people engage in a noble cause, too – helping to provide affordable housing for as many people as possible, regardless of their financial condition.

That’s the mission of Habitat for Humanity, an ecumenical ministry whose Dixon chapter has been remarkably successful since it was formed 25 years ago next month.

How successful?

If you look around Dixon, you will find 25 homes that this amazing group has built – one home per year for the past 25 years.

On the last Sunday of October, Dixon Habitat for Humanity celebrated the completion of its 25th home, whose keys were turned over to the Groll family.

The houses aren’t free. Families must pay over time for the cost of building materials, but no interest is charged. Loan repayments go toward future Habitat projects.

And adult members of the family are required to work on the project – “sweat equity,” they call it.

Volunteers make up the rest of the construction crew. This year’s project attracted 165 volunteers who donated their labor and expertise to the cause, according to Jim Dixon, executive director and volunteer coordinator for Dixon Habitat.

That’s a lot of caring, dedicated people who are willing to set their lives aside for a while to help a deserving family have a nice place to live.

When you think about it, a home is where much of your life happens. The place where you live has a strong influence on your outlook on life.

Because of Habitat for Humanity, members of 25 Dixon families have had much nicer places for their lives to happen and for their children to bloom and grow.

We salute Dixon Habitat for Humanity, its leadership, and its many volunteers for helping, one home at a time, to provide quality, affordable “habitat” for their fellow human beings.

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