For about 20 years now, Habitat for Humanity has been able to depend on Pete and Charlotte Pfeiffer.
The Pfeiffers have been involved with Habitat since 1992. A new affiliate was formed in Cordele, Georgia, where they lived at the time, and the couple had been impressed by news reports revealing how well Habitat homes had fared during Hurricane Andrew. As a result, they locally contributed funds, time and Pete’s knowledge as an attorney, while also becoming HopeBuilders. Through monthly donations, HopeBuilders provide Habitat with a consistent and reliable source of funding.
The Pfeiffers say that deciding to support Habitat was easy. And the automatic donation made possible through the HopeBuilders program made it even easier. “We don’t have to remember have we done that this month?” Charlotte says. “Plus, I think it’s also easier for the organization because the organization knows how much money is definitely coming in.” And so, for years, the Pfeiffers faithfully donated $25 each month to Habitat.
Eventually, after a trip to Habitat’s Global Village and Discovery Center in Americus, Georgia, the couple decided to begin financing houses in other countries in addition to continuing their HopeBuilders commitment. “We decided we wanted to not only give that little amount each month, but that we wanted to build a house somewhere,” Pete says. They liked the idea of making a difference in “the countries that we’d been to, that we knew the needs in housing that they particularly had.”
The steady generosity of the Pfeiffers continues to climb. They’ve recently significantly increased their monthly pledge. “We’re comfortable with trusting that Habitat’s going to put their emphasis where that emphasis needs to be,” Pete says. He explains that, though there are many reasons he and Charlotte are HopeBuilders, the sense of community that Habitat builds is paramount. “That, to me, is really as important as the houses,” he says. “People can have houses, but if they don’t have a community, they still don’t have much of a life.