Well, Habitat for Humanity will never again get a donation from me. Habitat International has stepped in and taken over. First they closed the Restore, which made $120,000 for Habitat Brandon last year. Then they sold the building it was in to make sure it could never get going again.
They then sold the house that had been donated to Habitat Brandon and are now selling the 14 condominiums that Brandon volunteers spent the last three years completing. This means between $2 million and $3 million are going out of Brandon. They say the money will come back to Brandon when things get straightened out.
Just how? That is enough money to build between 200 and 300 habitat homes. Can you honestly ever see that happening? The faithful volunteers feel betrayed and will not come back. Maybe they could start by paying the partner families $20 an hour for the 500 hours of labour they put in as the down payment on the homes that they never got!!
Maybe Brandon bent a few rules. I don’t know, but they got things done and were constructing more homes per capita than any other city. Maybe that was the problem! A bit of jealousy? What kind of “Christian” organization treats people this way?
Now I learn that the CEOs of Habitat International will not make their wages public!
Nope, never another cent from me.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 24, 2012