Worth Every Drop of Sweat

New Habitat homeowners Anthony and Margaret

Tony and Margaret’s new home represents hundreds of hours of hard work, but for them, it was worth every drop of sweat. For the first time, they will have a place to call their own—and their daughter Marilyn, 17, will have a room of her own.
For Tony, who is 10 years older than Margaret, a home of their own represents security, knowing that if something happens to him, his wife and daughter will have a decent, affordable place to live.

Margaret says this house is something she never imagined they would have—she calls it a blessing. And while Tony thinks about what the house means to Margaret, she thinks about how this new house will be better for her husband’s health. Tony is diabetic, and Margaret worries about him navigating the stairs of the townhouse where they live now if his blood sugar were to drop. The townhouse also has mold, and Tony is allergic.

Thanks to their homeowner education classes and the work they did building the house, the couple learned how to care for their new home, including how to protect against moisture and prevent problems like mold in the future.

Earning their sweat equity hours was not easy for the couple. Both Margaret and Tony work at Wal-Mart, but on different shift schedules. Tony was working third shift when they were taking homeowner classes, so he would go to class, then straight to work. Nearly every day they had off from work was spent getting in their hours.

“It was worth all the work, 100%,” Margaret said. “It was worth working for, to get what we’re having.”