Nonprofit: Habitat for Humanity
Project Name: 100 Women House
Your Name: Tlisa Northcutt
Project: Join with other Alaskan Women to fund a home made possible entirely by women.
Member: Tlisa Northcutt
The Big Why:
The mission of Habitat for Humanity is to work in partnership with people throughout the community to build homes, to build hope and change lives. Habitat sells its houses at cost to low-income Anchorage families and individuals with interest-free financing. We partner with families of any race, sex, age, disability, faith, familial status or national origin. HFHA Partners are mentored for success in the areas of basic home ownership skills and financial management. HFHA Partners also contribute "sweat equity" by volunteering between 250 and 500 hours of their time throughout the build year.
It all started five years ago when a small group of women decided to do something different. Something that combined their passion for improving their community and their belief that everyone deserves to live in a safe, decent and affordable home. Around the kitchen table, the 100 Women House was born. This amazing group of women knew they weren’t alone. They knew that by reaching out to friends and other like-minded women in the community, that they could bring 100 women together who could contribute $1,000 annually to provide the funding necessary to build a home and make a significant change in one family’s life, year after year. Since 2008, their desire to make a difference has funded five homes and had an invaluable impact on the lives of five families and multiple neighborhoods in Anchorage. This unique sponsorship model is made up of individual women, small groups of women and women owned or lead organizations. Each contributes $1,000 annually which together provides a full house sponsorship of $100,000.
On a personal note, the 2013 Family partner for this project is a friend of my two daughters. Here is their story.
Tou is a single mom with four kids: Tyra (3 yrs) & Genevieve (8 yrs) and Boys, Ioane (10 yrs), Vaituu (12 yrs) . (pictured here with a niece included) Tou and her four children are eager to help build their home. They currently live in an apartment with mold so severe that they have to close off an entire bedroom. Her children are excited about having a clean, safe house with room for everyone. Tou has lived in Alaska since 2000 and works as a Corrections Officer and also as an on-call security officer to earn extra money for her family. As a family Tou says they feel like everything is finally coming together for them. Tou would like donors and volunteers to know that she is a strong woman. She wants to show her kids that you can do anything you put your mind to and prove that God doesn’t give you situations you can’t handle. Tou is thankful for the opportunity to purchase the 100 Women House.
The Bottom Line:
The Alaska Women’s Giving Circle donated $1,500 to the 100 Women House in 2011. Though we did try to schedule a volunteer day, that didn’t come to fruition. For this year’s grant cycle, I propose that the Alaska Women’s Giving Circle commit to $1,000 for the 2014 100 Women House and commit to volunteering for one build day on the project during the calendar year 2014. This ties together the opportunity to volunteer and to fund a worthy project in Alaska.