SEATTLE — Habitat for Humanity Seattle—King & Kittitas Counties is heading into one of its largest fundraising weeks with its “Beyond the Build luncheon” — sponsored by KIRO 7 — coming up next week.
The group has hit some major milestones this year. KIRO 7 reporter Ranji Sinha spoke with Debbie Waters, who said the group’s work isn’t just about building from the ground up, it’s also working to keep people in their homes.
“I didn’t realize that they did the repair work,” said Waters, who said she had lived with a rickety staircase for years.
“I would have still been walking up those wobbly steps hanging on and grabbing the screen door to pull myself the rest of the way up,” she said.
Just getting into Waters’ home was dangerous until Habitat gave her a safer option.
“It meant so much to have this done! They put up another handrail so that when I go up there, I’ve got two to hold onto,” said Waters.
Late last year, Habitat for Humanity built her new stairs to her front door and even repaired old wheelchair ramps, making her home more livable.
Waters said Habitat may be known for building homes from the ground up, but repairing homes is just as important.