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Jan 08 2021

Letter To The Editor: Help Us Advance Our Mission

2020 has been …  something. A worldwide pandemic, a hurricane season like no other, political unrest and a reeling national economy with job losses and instability have all combined to make this a year we are ready to put in our memories.

And yet – Sea Island Habitat for Humanity was able to push through all the issues in order to advance our mission in our 42nd year of operation.

When the population in our region of James, Johns and Wadmalaw islands is asked to “stay safe at home,” it becomes readily apparent that not all residents can follow that request.

Now, more than ever, we can see the huge need for affordable housing along the coast of South Carolina. Whether in substandard rental housing or in familyowned homes needing critical repair, not everyone has the luxury of remaining safely at home during a worldwide pandemic or an approaching tropical storm.

Unfortunately, building new homes and repairing older homes is a much more expensive endeavor in 2020.

Lumber prices have skyrocketed, and our affiliate had to pay much, much more for sub-contracted services.

Sea Island Habitat is blessed to normally have volunteer teams from

across the country spending weeks at a time with us – but that was not the case this year. Instead of 2,000 volunteers working alongside our staff members, we had 300 (a decrease of 85%). So even with a reduced build schedule, we had to hire subcontractors to help complete tasks that normally volunteers perform with us.

This year, more than ever, the low-income residents of James, Johns and Wadmalaw islands need your help. The pandemic has been unforgiving as these families have endured financial hardships and uncertainty. The cost of housing is weighing even heavier on those already struggling to keep a roof over their heads.

We ask that you please consider a gift to assist Sea Island Habitat in serving our local residents, so we may continue our mission of providing safe and affordable housing to the surrounding island communities.

Gifts can be made online at seaislandhabitat.org/donate-now, or checks can be made payable to Sea Island Habitat for Humanity and mailed to 2545 Bohicket Road, Johns Island South Carolina 29455.

John E. Rhoden Jr.

Executive Director

Sea Island Habitat for Humanity

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