Wins for Kansas: Habitat for Humanity

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

It's often said that owning a home is a part of the "American Dream." But for far too many, home ownership remains out of reach.

That's where the non-profit group Habitat for Humanity comes in. For more than 30 years, Habitat for Humanity Wichita has been helping people realize their dream. Over the years, more than 200 families in the area have benefited from Habitat's mission.

"Home ownership is still an economically stabilizing force," said Executive Director Ann Fox. She explained owning a home allows a family to start saving money and planning for the future.

In July 2016, Jennifer Sisk and her family joined the list of new homeowners. "This has been the day we've been looking forward too and it's finally here," she said. "No better feeling  I can come home to it every day."

Habitat doesn't simply give homes away. It requires the families fulfill several goals, including helping in the construction or renovation alongside teams of volunteers.

Ultimately, Fox said the key is making the homes affordable to own and live in. "Habitat makes homes affordable by raising the money for the home first, and by building the home, then selling it to the family without the interest."

The Habitat model has worked on a local and national level for years. It's why DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers made Habitat a Wins for Kansas recipient. To learn more about how you can help Habitat for Humanity, click here.

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