By: Jack McElligott
It has been my distinct honor and privilege to serve as a Board Member for Lafayette Habitat for Humanity. Over the years Lafayette Habitat has built nearly 100 homes for people who otherwise could not afford a home. Lafayette Habitat offers a hand up – not a hand out. The home ownership opportunities are made possible through contributions of money, materials, and volunteered labor from a wide variety of sources – including the homeowners themselves. Our future homeowners clock hundreds of hours of “sweat equity” throughout the construction process.
This concept of “sweat equity” is what attracted me to serve. Habitat is transforming lives and communities.
One of the sources of funding is the Lafayette Restore which is located on Johnston Street across from Judice Inn. Everything from furniture, appliances, and building materials are collected and re-sold providing a valuable source of funding for our local effort.
I was pleased that earlier this year the local Lafayette Bar Association did a “buildable by the hour” where local lawyers help finalize construction on a new home. It was a great experience and I had several pictures taken with me with a paint brush for those many non-believers!
I am pleased that our firm is a major supporter of Habitat. I’m very happy to talk to you about the law, our firm, and my favorite charity outside of my Church.