September 2nd, 2016
Congratulations to Sarah Payne and her mother Nina Bowes, who have just been selected as Future Habitat for Humanity Homebuyers in Greenbrier County! We are so exciting to be able to join them on this journey!
Sarah Payne is a social worker at the Emergency shelter for the Children’s Home Society and is continuing her education in a Master’s program. Her mother, Nina Bowes, is a disabled Army veteran. Nina became disabled due to a back injury whilst working at the turkey farm that was exacerbated by an injury from falling while serving in Germany.
Sarah and Nina have both worked hard and have been moving around do to financial difficulty. They currently live in the homestead that was passed down after the death of Sarah’s grandfather. Prior, the daughter and mother lived in a condemned house in Lewisburg. The current house is old and was a restored shack to begin with.
A house for Sarah is a promise of a future where she can take care of her mother and offering a home for children without one. Sarah applied for a home in May 2015 while looking for housing options in Greenbrier County and had happened upon the Habitat for Humanity office. She did not expect to be accepted as there were several other families during the application class. When accepted, Sarah was extremely grateful and her mother was excited with the news.
Sarah’s “sweat equity” has included working at the ReStore office and assisting in placing the foundation of her home. Interaction with the volunteers working on her home has showed Sarah “the kindness that people hold”.
For Sarah and Nina, life has been challenging with various obstacles involving their living, financial, and health situations, which has garnered their appreciation for those who are aiding in taking some of the burdens of life off their shoulders. Sarah stated “I can never express how grateful I am for your selfless service. I want you to know I wouldn’t be able to achieve this without you.”