You can only imagine the deep well of joy that Mekayla Sheely and her family is feeling. Once upon a time, normal life involved Abby, Mekayla's mother, carrying her four stories high to their apartment. The place they lived in didn't have wheelchair accessible ramps and bathrooms. Things we take for granted like being able to use the bathroom required tremendous effort. But thanks to Habitat for Humanity, their long and arduous journey has come to an end and a new life of ease and freedom is just beginning. A wheelchair user from a very young age, Mekayla has cerebral palsy. What may be simple tasks for many, like going up the stairs, using the bathroom, having privacy in one's own bedroom or moving around the neighborhood were things that the family once could only dream about. (YDR)
Habitat for Humanity volunteer gets rewarded after accident
The Habitat has been upping its game lately by taking a proactive stance for people with mobility needs. Not only are they providing homes, they're providing living spaces that meet accessibility requirements and beyond. Another story that uplifts the spirit involves a Habitat for Humanity volunteer who has experienced an unfortunate motorcycle accident. With crushed legs and limited mobility, Habitat volunteers and other organizations chipped in to see to it that Albert Millard would feel the same kind of labor and kindness he once gave. He is now a beneficiary of a wheelchair accessible home and his story gives us a dash of warmth and hope. With limited mobility and a low income, Albert's prospects for a home he can call his own were limited. But Habitat changed that. (KLCC)
Rallying for the common good
As a backgrounder to the Sheely story, one of the groups that chipped in to help make the 'Hanover Build' wheelchair-accessible home for Mekayla is called "the Swingin Seniors'. They're composed of mission-oriented retirees who would rather opt to make a good mark on the world than spend the rest of their days idling by. An amazing team that could rival younger volunteers, this unlikely band of Habitat heroes has been building homes for quite a while. They take pride in their work and in knowing that the smiles of the people they help is their only reward. The house dedication and turnover recently took place last October 4, 2014. (HuffingtonPost)
These stories remind us that kindness and the good in the world need not be seen wearing a red cape or a superhero's mask. Oftentimes, kindness happens when ordinary people band together for a common good to achieve something extraordinary and special.
Image via the Hanover Build blog.