We are thrilled to share with you our new Habitat homeowner family, Andy and Larissa Brown, parents of five young children! Lawrence Habitat for Humanity held a nail drive ceremony for the Brown family on Saturday, September 16th, after which construction on the home immediately began. The Brown family home is our 2017 “Women Build” sponsored home, and the 96th house to be built for a family by Lawrence Habitat for Humanity.
Andy and Larissa are very excited at the opportunity to become Habitat homeowners, allowing them an affordable chance for housing and raising their growing family, as well as the ability to have an all-electric house with the potential for being solar powered one day.
Andy says he works full time as the Executive Director of Headquarters, Inc. in Lawrence, spending plenty of his free time working with other local non-profit service organizations, in addition to volunteering on boards and committees. Larissa manages their household and is very involved with the children’s education and extracurricular activities. Their older children are enrolled in a virtual public school, and Larissa is their “Learning Coach” during the school year.
Andy and Larissa recently began to feel the need to move from their small, older duplex rental into a newer house, but discovered they could not afford to rent or buy a larger house in the Lawrence area. “I love Lawrence,” Andy said. “The thought of having to leave it because we couldn’t find affordable housing was really upsetting.” Andy also shared that he and his family are interested in the Lawrence community, and according to Andy, Lawrence is “the best place to live and raise kids in Kansas.”
About Lawrence Habitat for Humanity:
At Lawrence Habitat for Humanity we empower through shelter. Our vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live, and our goal is to provide decent, affordable housing for low to moderate income families in and around Lawrence, Kansas. We believe in a homeownership process that empowers families to create ongoing change in their lives. We are an organization that offers a hand up, not a hand-out.
The journey our homeowners take is a long process that begins with hundreds of hours of sweat equity and continues throughout their no-interest mortgage. Lawrence Habitat was incorporated in 1989 under the guidance of Rev. John Gingerich and has since built 93 houses and counting.
The Brown family home is our 2017 Women Build sponsored home, and will be in large part funded by our biggest fundraiser of the year, the 2017 Women Build Happy Hour on Friday, October 13th from 7pm-10pm at Maceli’s in Lawrence. Get your tickets to the event right here at lawrencehabitat.org/tickets.