The Meaning of Home
THE SCOTT BROTHERS JOIN HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Few memories evoke a sense of nostalgia quite like those of your childhood home. Warm, welcoming, and inviting, this was a place where you always felt safe and secure. As adults we strive to give our kids the carefree upbringing they deserve. Unfortunately, reality is far less idyllic for many families living in substandard housing.
Since 1976, Habitat for Humanity International has helped people achieve better lives by building or improving safe, decent and affordable homes and communities. More than 40 years later, the housing organization has become one of the leading global nonprofits, working in all 50 states in the U.S. and in more than 70 countries around the world.
Mobilized through their local organizations, Habitat offers a hand up to families caught in the punishing cycles of unpredictable rent increases, overcrowded conditions, and unaffordable financing. Working alongside volunteers, Habitat homeowners help build their own homes and pay an affordable mortgage — which is later used to help others build a path out of poverty. With a good roof over their heads these families have the foundation they need to create a new cycle, filled with possibilities and progress.
Few people understand the meaning of home quite like world-renowned construction and real estate experts Drew and Jonathan Scott. The Scott Brothers first made a name for themselves through their popular television series, Property Brothers — where they have helped countless families find, buy, and transform fixer-uppers into dream homes on a tight budget. Sharing Habitat’s belief that every family deserves a place to call home, the brothers have worked with the nonprofit since the mid-’90s, volunteering on build sites and advocating on their behalf.
“Through our work with Habitat, we’ve seen how home- ownership can really transform the lives of lower-income folks. What we love about Habitat is that not only do the homeowners help build their own homes, but they take courses in financial planning and homeownership. Habitat sets these first-time homebuyers up for success so they can make a better life for themselves, their family, and ultimately a community of individuals that can live a more stable and happy life,” Drew shared.
In April 2018, the Scott Brothers joined sponsors, community leaders and other celebrities for Habitat’s 2nd annual Home is the Key campaign — a month-long initiative designed to shine a spotlight on the critical need for affordable housing in the United States. As part of the campaign, the pair picked up their hammers alongside more than 40 volunteers and helped raise the walls of two new houses in Nashville. Among the volunteers were future homeowners Ashlee Walker Pride and Amanda Osborne, two Nashville moms who were eager to finally put down roots and provide their families with the stability that affordable homeownership provides.
“The moment we handed Amanda and Ashlee the keys to their beautiful, affordable homes is a memory we won’t forget. But what made it really special is seeing the kids enter the houses for the first time. They were already squabbling over who would get which bedroom. You could tell right then that it was a life-changing moment,” Jonathan said.
In recognition of Drew and Jonathan Scott’s extraordinary commitment to Habitat’s vision, on November 17, 2017 the brothers were awarded the highest recognition offered by the nonprofit — the title of Habitat Humanitarians. The Scott Brothers joined former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, former first lady Rosalynn Carter, and country music stars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood in this group of special volunteers who serve as tireless champions, advocates and spokespeople.
“WE HAVE SEEN FIRSTHAND HOW AFFORDABLE HOMEOWNERSHIP CHANGES LIVES. A HOME IS MORE THAN FOUR WALLS AND A ROOF. IT’S A SAFE PLACE TO SLEEP AT NIGHT, A PLACE FOR CHILDREN TO PLAY AND GROW, AND A PLACE FOR FAMILIES TO BUILD BRIGHTER FUTURES.”
“We are honored to have Drew and Jonathan take on this role and continue to use their voices to lift up the cause of affordable homeownership,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “Anyone who has seen them in action knows Drew and Jonathan’s dedication to helping people turn their houses into homes, and stretching every dollar to realize their dream. We are inspired by their passion and privileged to have them join the Habitat family.”
As Habitat Humanitarians, the Scott Brothers continue to volunteer their time, talents and resources to further Habitat’s mission. You too can help give families in need of affordable housing a hand up to achieve their dreams of homeownership. To learn more or find the local Habitat organization in your community, visit habitat.org.