The Eberly family -- Habitat for Humanity Int'l 1

The Eberly family


Through A Brush with Kindness, SaDee Eberly – a mother of two – will be able to repair the house that her parents lived in for 30 years.

‘I see the potential’

“It’s been a work in progress since my parents owned this house,” SaDee Eberly said as she showed off the 100-year-old home she grew up in and now owns. Her parents lived in the house for more than 30 years, and a few years ago they sold it to her.

Eberly has assumed responsibility of restoring this historic home to its original condition. “Now that I own this house, it’s my duty to take care of it,” she said.

Eberly is a single mom of two rambunctious boys, and between working full time at a marketing company and taking care of her children, she struggles to stay on top of all the home projects that require her time, money and attention. During the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, an A Brush with Kindness crew will come to her home and replace the fence surrounding her yard. For now, the fence is tethered to the home to keep it from tipping over. Eberly looks forward to having a safer yard where her boys can play.

Her family loves the neighborhood they call home, and Eberly says she is here to stay. She has seen the area suffer with the economic times, but she is optimistic: “If only people really understood the history of this neighborhood, they would see the full potential.

“If I won the lottery, I’d still live here.”

She has many ideas to heal the neighborhood, including planting community gardens and monitoring rental properties in the area more closely. Eberly is excited about President Carter’s upcoming visit to her neighborhood. “It’s amazing,” she said. “He’ll get to see the people that are being helped.”

Eberly hopes that one day she can pass the home on to her children. “This is my house, and I see the potential in it,” she said. “I feel like it’s alive. And I feel so safe here. I never feel fearful. I love it.”