Lisa Hagerman of Sarasota, Florida, rallied her community together to complete one couple’s dream of home ownership. Working with Habitat for Humanity, who built the home of Harry Gonzalez and Wanda Torres, Hagerman helped the couple furnish their new home through the help of various community members and business associates. Hagerman’s work was her project when she took part in Landmark Education’s Self-expression and Leadership Program. The following story ran in the Herald Tribune of Saratoga.
Habitat project helps couple furnish their home
Lisa Hagerman, a Sarasota marketing professional, created a community project that brought people together to help a young Sarasota couple collect furniture, kitchen and bath items for their new Habitat for Humanity Sarasota home.
Harry Gonzalez and Wanda Torres and their three young children put in more than 604 “sweat equity” hours to make their dream of homeownership come true through the Sarasota affiliate.
“This is an opportunity to own our own home instead of renting,” Gonzalez said.
“It is hard work but well worth it,” Hagerman added. “It can be difficult for young families to transition from being renters to being homeowners, and the expense of furnishing a home with very little to start with can be daunting.”
Hagerman created the project while participating in a Landmark Education leadership program. Part of the coursework was to create a project that benefits the community.
Landmark Education is an international training and development company that is known for its flagship course, The Landmark Forum.
Many of Hagerman’s business friends responded by donating furniture and household items.
For kitchen and bath items, Hagerman set up a “Wish List” at Target.com with the family’s input.
Hagerman hopes that others will step up and help another Habitat family in a similar manner.