At Habitat for Humanity our work is focused around the building of homes and providing families the opportunity to own those homes. A new tagline of ours is, “through shelter, we empower.” I would say that the part of my job that I love the most is when I get to sign deeds of real property over to families who never imagined owning property. Turning over ownership—in a capitalistic culture--that’s truly empowering.
As Christmas approaches, I am taken by the words of a young, very empowered Palestinian woman a couple millennia ago:
And Mary said,