Last month, we met an amazing woman volunteering with our A Brush with Kindness exterior repair program. Her name is Amber May, and she and her husband are students of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. She revealed that Habitat for Humanity has a very special place in her heart.
When Amber was 6 years old, she moved with her family from the upstairs apartment of a family friend into their own Habitat home. Amber says her parents, who have lived in their Habitat Home for 19 years, “have always put family first. Even though their lives weren’t easy, they strived to make our home feel peaceful and God-centered.”
Amber has many fond memories of her childhood home. “I remember playing dolls in the closet under the stairs with my sister. We called it our secret hideout and for years we thought that our parents didn’t know about it.” She remembers building forts in the living room with her dad, playing kitchen with mud and sticks in the backyard, and doing schoolwork at the kitchen table with her siblings. “Our home allowed my parents to focus on what is most important: family.”
Amber’s best friend also grew up in a Habitat home. The two of them often talk about how different their lives would have been if their parents had not built a Habitat home in which to raise their families. “Habitat is a truly wonderful organization,” Amber says, “and I am so grateful for the impact it has had on my life and the lives of others.”