World Habitat Day Celebrated with Mortgage Burning

Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley celebrated World Habitat Day with two ceremonial mortgage burnings on Saturday October 1. 

More than 30 years ago, the United Nations General Assembly took an important step in promoting the idea that everyone deserves a decent place to live by declaring that the first Monday in October would be World Habitat Day.

 On Monday, Oct. 3, 2016, Habitat for Humanity joins with our partners around the world to rededicate ourselves to recognizing the basic right of everyone to adequate shelter.

Beth Peterson and Audrey Carson have paid their mortgages in full to Habitat and were excited to “light fire” to their mortgage documents, symbolizing the end to their payment obligations.  Beth, who closed on her home in 2001, and Audrey, who closed in 1996, were surrounded by friends and family and both expressed their appreciation for Habitat for Humanity and its volunteers and donors.

As Audrey said, “Thanks a lot for the job you do.  It’s people like you that give others hope to live a dream they’ve always wanted.”