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A local display has been assembled by members of the Cape Area Housing Committee in the lobby of Wehrenberg Theatres Cape West 14 Cine designed to bring awareness to the plight of those in our community who experience lack of food and shelter on a regular basis. The display can be viewed through November 28th.

Earlier this week, Habitat for Humanity’s Executive Director, Al Stoverink, along with representatives from several other organizations and community leaders, joined together to kick off National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, presenting the display and shedding light on several issues that affect the homeless community, including mental health, substance use, and food insecurity. Mayor Harry Rediger also read a proclamation, approved by the City of Cape Girardeau, in recognition and support.

While this week is a great opportunity to raise awareness and volunteer, it is important to acknowledge these issues live on year round. Cape Area Habitat for Humanity is proud to partner with over 20 other organizations in being part of the Cape Area Housing Committee, a group actively involved, throughout the year, in promoting housing resources within the Cape Girardeau and surrounding communities. If you are interested in learning more about the Housing Committee or want to be involved in the homelessness solution, please contact us at hfhc@capeareahabitat.org.

November 9, 2016

Meet Jennifer

Meet JenniferJennifer is a remarkable woman. At an
early age, she made the decision that she did not want children.
However, life rarely unfolds as we have it planned out. In those
following years, Jennifer would watch a movie that would forever change
her life and lead her to consider adoption as an option. Today, the
lady who didn’t want children is a wonderful mother. Jennifer has six
foster children whom she is in the process of adopting. A graduate of
Southeast Missouri State University, hard-working, determined and
focused all describe Jennifer.

When Jennifer heard about
Habitat for Humanity from a cousin, she thought that this would provide
her with the perfect opportunity to provide a home for her family.
Jennifer has a steady income. She fell within Habitat’s income
guidelines and not only was she willing and able to partner with Habitat
to build up her sweat equity hours, she may well have reached those
needed hours in record time. Perhaps you had the chance to meet
Jennifer as she achieved a number of her hours volunteering at Habitat’s
Restore.

Jennifer exemplifies one of Habitat’s core
beliefs, it’s not about giving a hand out, it is all about giving a hand
up. In this case, a hand up to a woman who has made an incredible
difference in the lives of six young children. Six children, who
without Jennifer would still likely be in the foster system. Six young
children who, thanks to your support, will soon call a Habitat house …
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