Stories of our work . . .
“I’m secure. I feel planted and I know I never have to move again. This is the first time in 10 years that I have been warm. I go into the kitchen, and it is warm. I go into the bedroom and it is warm. What a wonderful feeling."
Thank you so much for your Homebuyer Education class. I recommend it to everyone as it was incredibly helpful in preparing me for the long and complicated process of becoming a homeowner.
“It wasn’t difficult to save because we had a good reason – we wanted to own a home."
“Due to the wonderful counseling I received from NeighborWorks, not only am I keeping my home, I have plans in place to avoid that situation (foreclosure) in the future. The emotional support I received has also been invaluable.”
“Great Falls is just a great small city. We have low crime and healthy neighborhoods. Reinvestment is occurring downtown and in the original townsite. What we don’t have are any “slums” and that’s because of NeighborWorks Great Falls.”
“The financial education and homeownership preparation was a huge help for us. We are very comfortable with our savings and budgeting ability, and we even have savings accounts for our kids so we can pass on the knowledge we gained from NeighborWorks Great Falls.”
“NeighborWorks gave me the biggest gift I’d even been given (a house) and to me it made sense just to give it back.”
“I love what the high school house does for the kids, the community and the neighborhood. It keeps kids in school for graduation and puts them on a path to a good-paying job.”
Margaret has had a hard life. She left a very abusive marriage after raising six of her seven children. An artist at heart, she started college at age 50 and completed her degree in Art.
At the age of 70 and disabled, Margaret found a home in her small hometown of Fairfield, Montana, that seemed perfect for her – both a home and a studio. It would be the first home she ever owned. Thanks to the wonderful partnership of NeighborWorks Montana, A.W.A.R.E. and the Montana HomeChoice Coalition, the Montana Board of Housing, the HOME program and Section 8 to Homeownership, Margaret, who lives on Social Security, was able to buy her dream home. She declared that she will live to be 100 in the house, long enough to pay off her mortgage, and enjoy every minute of her life in a secure and comfortable home that supports her art.
“NeighborWorks has given me so many keys to homeowner success. From credit tips, budget skills, first-time homebuyers education, goal setting, teamwork, dedication, the list can go on and on.”
“I worked so hard to make this a reality, but it would never have happened without NeighborWorks guidance and support.”