A Letter to Our Community,

Published Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Over the past 32 years, Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity has worked ​tirelessly to combat the social injustice and bias in the nation’s housing system. Through our demonstrated legacy, Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity has helped to transform our community, working alongside diverse people: those from many races, ethnicities, social economic groups and every walk of life. We believe that everyone deserves a safe home - one which can serve as a foundation for a meaningful education, professional achievement, personal growth, and building sustained equity for their families.
 
What is happening right now in our city and our nation requires those with a voice to find their words, but also to speak out. Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity is a commi​tted​ catalyst for change in Lucas Coun​ty​. We are on the frontlines combatting the social injustices, homelessness, and poverty plaguing our community.  In the affordable housing sector, we have a front row seat to the devastating, often multi-generational, impact that systemic racism and social injustices have on communities of color.
 
Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity stands alongside those peacefully protesting and demanding justice and social change for the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers and countless other lives unjustly killed at the hands of police. George Floyd’s life matters. Breonna Taylor’s life matters. Ahmaud Arbery’s life matters. We stand with Black Lives Matter.
 
Now, like never before, Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity has to put its Christian faith into action. Here are a few ac​tion steps we vow to take in the interests of justice and to foster change:
 
Supporting and amplifying marginalized voices:
 
We pledge to continue to tell a broader range of success stories by highlighting the diverse range of homeowners, volunteers, and donors who do so much for our affiliate and community.  We further  pledge to continually address and seek to eradicate systemic oppression ​through our community work and ​at every level of the housing sector, as well as in our communi​ty as a whole.
 
Engaging with others to encourage societal changes to vote:
 
Your vote is your voice and it is powerful. Confirm you are properly registered.  If not, you must register or update your voter registration no later than 30 days prior to an election. 
Critical upcoming voter registration deadlines:
  • July 6, 2020 for the August 4, 2020, Special Election
  • October 5, 2020 for the November 3, 2020, General, Presidential Election
 
​Lastly, Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity invites you to read the recent letter from Habitat for Humanity International’s CEO, Jonathon Reckford, which succinctly captures our
common​ ​legacy.  For your convenience here is the link.