Letter to the Editor
In all communities you witness both the positive and the negative. Now I have witnessed first hand the negative here in Mason. As a fifth year Mason County Habitat for Humanity Care-A-Vanner, my husband and I have returned each time to help build a home for one of your own families in this very community. We do this out of love for our fellow man - we do this because there are families here in Mason who are living in substandard conditions and who need a "hand-up not a hand-out". Each year one Mason family is chosen for a Habitat house. They then start making mortgage payments just like you, their neighbors. Those recipients work for their paychecks just like you, their neighbors.
I heard those who were opposed to the 9 house tract repeatedly mention how much respect they have for Habitat for Humanity and yet 3 members of the city council voted against the varience, thus denying clean safe energy efficient affordable housing to 3 Mason families….. these families ARE Habitat for Humanity. These are your fellow citizens. These houses become homes for children who had been living in conditions they should never have to see, let alone live in. These are people created by God, just like you and me.
What motivates us to build for Habitat? As a public health nurse in Minnesota, I have seen the cycle of welfare dependence played out in generation after generation. With Habitat families that is not the case because the parents set an example of hard work and each child affected has the potential to do the same, benefitting not only their lives, but those of your children and grandchildren. What each of us does today will ripple out for the greater good …..or not!
What motivates those who deny their fellow human beings this opportunity? After some introspection, I guess only the nay sayers can answer that question.