|Jimmy Carter Work Project 2003|
Space to spread out:
New home builds dreams for a bright future
By Rebekah Daniel
When Tim and Amy Flanagan talk about what their Habitat for Humanity house means to them, one word seems to resurface frequently: space.
Currently, Tim, Amy and their three children live with Tim’s parents. For them, owning a Habitat house means they finally can spread out. Tim and Amy won’t have to sleep in the living room anymore, and the kids won’t be as confined.
“I feel like they’ll have more freedom,” Tim says. “Now we have to try to keep them on one side of the house or outside.”
The financial benefits of homeownership have not been lost on the couple. Even with a 30-year mortgage, Tim and Amy will pay off their house before they retire.
“I’m amazed that we’re 23, and we’re getting started,” Tim says. “I know people in their 40s that are still renting.”
Amy spent time Monday on the roof, where she learned that this is the third JCWP for three of the volunteers working on their house. The volunteer help is welcome; tremendous progress on shingling and installing siding has been made, but there is plenty left to do. Every so often, however, the busyness of this week’s building pauses to allow time for dreaming of a bright future.
“Everybody that’s moving in here is so nice,” Amy says. “We’ve been talking about how when we move in we’re going to get more acquainted. Everybody at work says they want to come over when it’s done and see it and have a cookout.”