Last week my agency received a call from D.C. informing us that the President would be visiting Las Vegas on Monday. The reason why we got the call was because during his visit Obama wanted to meet with one of our clients. A family that recently purchased a home through our agency.
I’ve never written specifics about my job, for obvious reasons, but I work for a nonprofit housing agency. My organization is ever-expanding, but its basic function is to provide education and down payment assistance to first time home buyers. Over the past two years my organization has played a key role in implementing the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), a program initiated by President Obama. Basically the NSP program is a federal grant designed to simultaneously rebuild communities heavily affected by the foreclosure crises and put families into homes using local housing agencies as the administers of the grant. To date, my agency has helped approximately sixty families with purchasing their first home, something in of itself that I am extremely proud of. Yet the impact of what we do was not realized until I watched this news clip of the President visiting the home of one of the families I had the pleasure of working with this past summer.
I was so excited when this family received the keys to their first home. They were wonderful to work with, the type of family that one didn’t mind working hard for because they were so appreciative and deserving. It’s almost impossible to comprehend that because of my agency’s mission, myself, and my co-workers this family had two unique experiences they may not had ever had otherwise; they purchased their own home and they got to meet the President of the United States. That’s amazing.
It’s a huge reminder of why I love my job and why I continue to do what I do. It’s not for recognition (despite all the media frenzy our agency wasn’t even mentioned) or a big pay check. It’s because what we do impacts the lives of others in such a long-lasting and positive way.