Larry Glover moved into his Habitat home in Morrow, Georgia in December 2009. At the time, he was working as an assistant to his pastor. A graduate in carpentry of Atlanta Technical College, Larry and his wife were working hard to support their daughter Tosha, who had just entered Griffin Technical College at the time. 9 years later, Larry has achieved what at once seemed unthinkable: he turned in his last mortgage payment this past December after just 9 years. Larry and his family celebrated this accomplishment with SCHFH staff members, board members, and volunteers at a small mortgage pay-off party at SCHFH offices.
Habitat for Humanity houses are affordable homes built by volunteer-driven construction in which homeowners pay a 0% interest on the lifetime of their 20-year or 30-year mortgage. Larry Glover gives his thanks to both Habitat and his faith for allowing him to pay off his mortgage early: “I’m a born again Christian and I trust God. I thank God for Habitat for Humanity. I needed a hand up and Habitat for Humanity was right there to put me in the right position and to be able to pay my house off in 9 years, thank God. I’m just happy about this.”
His daughter, Tosha, also spoke to her father’s work ethic and kind heart at the celebration. “No better person could have been awarded a house. At the time when he applied, I was just starting school. We were living with my grandmother. I remember when we first moved there, we didn’t want to move there, but he said she’s getting older, she needs help, so he moved the whole family [to her home] and he fixed my grandmother’s whole house. She had 14 children, and they’d all come and help, but I really felt like my dad and maybe my uncle were really the primary people to help… he had sacrificed our comfort to go and help somebody else. I remember feeling that Habitat had been a blessing to him because he had been a blessing to somebody else,” said Tosha.
Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity’s homeownership program offers qualified, hard-working, low-income families the opportunity to own a home. “They take people in with good credit, good work ethic, no criminal background. That’s the kind of environment I want to be in. I live next to good people,” says Larry, who lives on a street with 10 other Habitat homeowners. “They go to work every day. I truly believe that God put this organization in place.”
“What continues to amaze me is that Larry’s testimony is just one story out of hundreds of families impacted by Southern Crescent Habitat,” said Trisha Pintavorn, Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity’s Development Manager. “We are happy to have been able to help Larry and look forward to continuing to serve folks like him in years to come.”
Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity board member Jim Corbin of Corbin Comfort Systems shared opening remarks to begin the celebration, and Pastor Jared Newlove of Antioch Baptist Church blessed Larry and his family, reading from the Second Epistle of Paul to Timothy. Sublime Doughnuts and Starbucks donated refreshments for the day.
To donate to help families like Larry Glover, please visit schabitat.org.
About Southern Crescent Habitat For Humanity
Southern Crescent Habitat For Humanity (SCHFH) helps low-income families find opportunity, stability and improve their quality of life. SCHFH builds stronger families and neighborhoods by partnering with donors and volunteers to construct attractive and affordable homes, to repair existing homes, and to address community needs through comprehensive neighborhood revitalization. SCHFH also launched a youth program in 2016, providing safe, educational, and fun learning spring break and summer camp opportunities for kids ages 10 and up. Since its founding in 1986, SCHFH has impacted over 330 families in South Metro Atlanta.
For more information on how to get involved or how to qualify for a Habitat home, visit schabitat.org or call 770.477.2367. Follow us on Twitter (@schabitatfh), follow us on Instagram (@schabitatfh), and like us on Facebook.
Name: Trisha Pintavorn
Title: Development Manager at Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity