Imagine living through a tragic earthquake and trying to rebuild your life in the middle of one of the poorest countries in the tropics. Then imagine participating in a community-wide protest to bring the plight to the attention of authorities only to get woken up in the middle of the night by a furious pounding on your front door. Your front door is bashed in, you are pulled from your bed, dragged into the street and beaten in front of your wife and four-year old son.
That is what happened to Salvanias “Petey” Petit in August of 2013 in Haiti. Political gangsters representing the ruling party at that time were intent on silencing any opposing opinions. After a ‘bush’ doctor helped him recover from the severe beating, Petey said a heartbreaking farewell to his family and boarded a boat to the U.S. Virgin Islands, seeking political asylum. The opposition would kill him if he stayed. He worked odd jobs until he saved enough money for a flight to Florida in December 2013. There, Petey applied for his green card, keeping a positive outlook for the future. Finding work in Florida was difficult, so he moved to Salisbury, Maryland, after hearing there were jobs and a chance for a better future there.
After two years of saving, Petey was able to bring his son, then six-years-old, to the United States. His wife followed a year later.
We met Petey and his wife Ketlie almost a year ago. He works in manufacturing and Ketlie stays home with their daughter Ruth. Before Petey goes to work, he volunteers in the Habitat ReStore to complete his partnership sweat-equity hours. The Petit family will be purchasing their home in 2020.
Petey and his family dream of homeownership. You can make that happen with a gift this season.
God blesses those that bless others.
We hope this Holiday Season that you consider a gift to your local Wicomico Habitat for Humanity so that another family might know the value of homeownership.