- Just a few years ago, Ivan and Nadeshda Polishchuk
and their little girl , Louisa (pictured here) made the journey of a lifetime.
They left their home in the Ukraine to travel across the world to our hometown,
Asheville, North Carolina ,where Ivan took a job in environmental services
at Mission Hospitals. This 800-bed hospital on two campuses
offers a huge array of services and was
Named a Top 50 Hospital in Orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report in 2006
and is one of the nation's Top 100 Heart Hospitals .Needless to say, Ivan was proud to be associated with Mission.
But there was a concern. Not about his place of employment, certainly, but about his family's living quarters. So Ivan and his wife decided to enter the process of home ownership through Habitat for Humanity. Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity's stated mission is to" change the lives of families living in inadequate housing." When they heard about Habitat's ability to "change lives" the family felt confident in their decision. Friends told them that the Asheville office of Habitat was founded in 1983 as an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. They knew that the Asheville Area Habitat builds houses within Buncombe County where Ivan is employed, exciting news for the family. What they didn't know was that right there in Buncombe County a group of REALTORS® was talking about their next project for Habitat!
Since 1917 the Asheville Board of Realtors® has worked to provide housing opportunities for residents by collaborating with local agencies that assist in this effort, including Habitat for Humanity.
Through the dedication and energy of a group of real state professionals
led by our own Active Rain Member,
and ECO-All-Star, Corey Atherton,
the Polishchuk Family's dream was about to come true on an Asheville street with a Heart.
THREE CHEERS FOR COREY!
On Tuesday, March 6, 2007 a ceremonial groundbreaking was held for the Asheville Board of Realtors® and the Rotary Club of Asheville who joined the ABR in-this project. Their joint "Raise the Roof" meant that each would contribute financially and with volunteers throughout the build.
Just a month later, here's what
the 2 bedroom 2 bath Arts and Crafts-style home looks like
with roofing and siding complete and drywall underway!
You can follow our progress by clicking on this link where you will find photos of the build and see how we are doing.
|Painting and staining. Just for ABR.|
(Thank Goodness! or we might be very hungry! )
The idea that local REALTORS® are ready and willing to offer the gift of their time and energy and expertise to a Family and to the Community is very appealing to me. And I say this not only because I am a REALTOR® in our community and am proud to be involved in this sharing, but because it speaks to the nature of our-profession which at its heart is a service business.
Spring Comes and with it Hope...hope for positive futures for all of us, and hope for blessings in what "rises from the mud."
NOTE: This article was written especially for Localism.com. where we celebrate communities and the REALTORS® who are an important part of them. If you are a REALTOR® or real estate related professional who is involved in Habitat for Humanity Projects or other projects that enhance the quality of life in your community, please let us know about it! I'd love to write an article about YOU.
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