Everyone Needs a Place to Call Their Own

Carol Hobbs - Habitat KC VolunteerCarol Hobbs grew up in a military family and began her career in the US Army as a physical therapist.   When she retired from the military with the distinguished rank of Major, she and her husband, Richard, settled in Kansas City. They’ve lived here for 12 years in the Brookside area, the longest time she’s ever spent in one place.  Carol is currently an adjunct professor at Rockhurst University where she teaches physical therapy.

Carol’s transient childhood and career in the military had a huge impact on her belief that a stable home environment is essential to a person’s wellbeing. “Everyone needs a place to call their own,” muses Carol.  She feels so deeply about the value of homeownership she became involved with The House that Abraham Builds, an interfaith group that partners with Habitat for Humanity of Kanas City to sponsor homes for families.

The House of Abraham group is made up of numerous Christian, Jewish, and Muslim faith communities which include mosques, churches, parishes, and synagogues. The House of Abraham began after the 9/11 terrorist attack, responding to the violence and hatred with love.

Local clergy sought ways to bring the community together; they saw the desperate need to overcome fear, choosing instead to counter with love, thus The House of Abraham project was born.  The first house was built in 2006 bringing people together from several interfaith groups to build homes, community and hope. Since then they have shared this ministry with our Habitat families by sponsoring five more houses.

Carol has participated in every build since the very beginning through donations of time and funding.  This year she chaired the Abraham committee with a renovation project on Highland Ave.  She was on site weekly, performing tasks from carpentry to foundation work.  As chairperson Carol organized events, planned meetings and followed up on all details through the lengthy course of the project.

Carol believes deeply in the value of giving as part of her own journey and likes that the Habitat program fosters reciprocity and encourages homeowners to give back as a way to enhance their own lives.  “The impact that Habitat has on the community, encouraging pride in homeownership and a connection with our neighbors, is vital to strengthening our community,” said Carol. “Everyone benefits when we reach out to one another regardless of our differences.”