Adams County Habitat for Humanity board members, led by Lynn Cairns, a retired pastor, will bless the home. The newly-selected Padilla Daniels family includes Mrs. Amanda Marie Daniels, Mr. Jose Javier Padilla Morales and 5-year old daughter Liliana Padilla.
“We are very excited and blessed to have this opportunity,” says Amanda. “It feels wonderful to be a homeowner and it feels great to give back to such a magical organization that has done so much for so many people,” referring to the “sweat equity” hours that require each family to work on either their own home or the home of another Habitat family.
The dedication ceremony of this Habitat home will include numerous symbolic items and prayers of blessing in every room of the house. A Habitat homeowner’s basket will be presented to the family, containing the following items: a Bible so the family may have a firm foundation in faith, flowers so the family may always know beauty, bread so that the family may never know hunger, salt so the home may always have flavor, a candle so the house will never know darkness, and sugar so that life may always be sweet. Adams County Habitat has provided more than 30 homes to Adams County families since its inception in 1988. This is the 25th anniversary year for Adams County Habitat.
This event ties into World Habitat Day on Monday, October 7. The United Nations General Assembly has declared the first Monday in October to be World Habitat Day, a time to recognize the basic need for adequate shelter in across the world. Hundreds of events are held world-wide in observance of World Habitat Day. See infographic (below) by the Habitat for Humanity organization with detailed statistics.
Habitat for Humanity’s vision statement: “A world where everyone has a decent place to live.”
Habitat for Humanity’s mission statement: “Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.”