Longview Habitat receives Zonta grant
December 20, 2012 - Longview, TX. –It can be a challenge to improve job skills and to stay current in school work when families are forced to choose between rent, groceries and medical bills or a computer with internet service.
Thanks to a grant from Longview’s Zonta Club, Longview Habitat for Humanity will be able to offer computer and internet access to homeowners in LHFH’s self-help program, as well as improving the Homeowner College classes already offered.
“This will allow us to offer classes to help assimilate homeowners into the world of technology and provide internet access for business, school and career advancement purposes,” said LHFH Executive Director LaJuan Hollis. “91% of our partner families consist of single mothers working to make a better life for their families. Having a ‘computer lab’ available will allow the children to do school work and the parents to update their resumes and participate in online training classes.”
Homeowner college classes are required for new partner families in the program, covering home maintenance and repair topics, as well as financial literacy. In the past, classes have been taught with VHS tapes, pen and paper. Habitat plans to use the Zonta grant to purchase computers and a digital projector.
“Part of the Habitat home ownership program is empowering our partner families to take control of their future. We don’t just build a home, we take a holistic approach to serving them because we know that home ownership is one step toward stability and an improved quality of life,” Hollis added.
Habitat is preparing to offer classes in basic computer skills, Word and Excel in addition to the basic class offered in the past.
Zonta International is a group formed to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. Longview Habitat for Humanity works to eliminate poverty housing through a self-help home ownership program formed in 1985. Since 91 percent of Longview Habitat’s partner families are headed by women, the partnership is a perfect fit for both groups.
Longview Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit agency dedicated to eradicating poverty housing in Longview. 80 families have moved into new Habitat homes in Longview since LHFH was founded in 1985. The organization partners with low income families to provide a hand up and out of poverty through volunteer home construction and a low down payment, zero interest mortgage. To learn more, to volunteer or to donate, visit www.longviewhabitat.org or call 903-236-0900.