Recently, I've experienced an increase in contacts from affiliates across the country that are starting A Brush with Kindness (or similar program). Many of them are trying to create policies and procedures based on a variety of assumptions.
However, some of these key assumptions bear little resemblance to the housing and financial situations of the families they want to serve. Some are trying to build a foundation derived from unrelated data coming from serving home buyer (Habitat) families rather than data coming from struggling home owner families living in their community.
I am wondering if there could be a misapplication of Habitat values as they are transferred from home buyer to homeowner families?
When we began serving families through A Brush with Kindness in the Twin Cities, we wanted to not only increase the number of families we were serving but also raise our profile by being seen as a broader community asset by producing a bigger impact through creating decent homes and also preserving decent homes as well.
In the last 13 years, A Brush with Kindness has significantly helped us raise the value of our organization to our community by balancing program scope, parameters and impact to achieve our desired outcomes while still maintaining the integrity of our Habitat values.
Through A Brush with Kindness, Habitat continues to be committed to keeping families in homes that are affordable, safe and decent. abwk habitat for humanity