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September 2016

Counting on Us

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It’s all in the details. It would be easy right now to just say “get it done.” All have worked tirelessly to make these homes a reality, and in record time. Now comes the follow through of the right…..door handle, light switch, ceiling fan, light bulb strength, wall and corner protectors, draw pulls….the list is endless; and quite frankly frustrating as we try to focus on the “big picture.”

My focus returns when a resident says “thank you for the houses…I am on the list right?” And now I know that my (and all involved) attention to detail is so important for the rest of their lives, and they are counting on “us” to leave no small detail to chance….three weeks and counting to completion!

Making Magic Happen

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Nothing happens by chance when God is in charge… About 2 years ago, I asked for help to build homes for our residents experiencing Alzheimer’s. I had no idea where to begin and after several outreaches, I came to the McKinney family. They embraced our cause, gave me some great resources to get started, and came to tour Noah Homes. Their daughter Rachel McKinney came on the tour (already a dynamo in her own right!), and after meeting our residents and seeing their wonderful homes she said, “You need to meet another lady. I know and the two of you will make magic happen!!”

That introduction took me to HomeAidSD, which took us to Dahlin Architecture, Brookfield Homes, and more than 40 other community business professionals who said “We can help.”

Within 4 months of the introduction, Rachel moved to South Africa to work with a nonprofit that helps farmers. She came home to visit this week and asked to come tour our project. She was astonished to see two homes… almost completed! She said “I left with a green hillside and had no idea you would already have homes!!” This is the power of community, the power of those who offer help, and the power and grace of God – and all who believe in his grace. It was so nice to see Rachel and show off the “magic”!