A Letter from Rosie
Rosie Watterson was a dear partner family that Habitat came to know during Operation Home Again. She was one of the first families to move into her home, located in the brand-new subdivision, New Haven, with other November 2005 tornado survivors. Rosie passed away in July 2014.
Written June 28, 2006 - following the November 2005 Tornado
There’s no doubt that Operation Home Again has given many of us hope for the future. Personally speaking, without Habitat for Humanity I don’t know where I’d be because the November 6 tornado left me deeply lost and bewildered. I was left without a home, a car and things that can never be replaced including body parts. I was happy in my mobile home and it was the best I could afford. But now because of the November 6 tornado and Operation Home Again I’m going to be much happier due to a solid and sturdy home. A home that’s built on a solid foundation and one that has solid and sturdy walls. A place I can call home again even after all my operations. Even after losing a kidney, a spleen, and 1/3rd of my liver. Even after over 100 units of blood and collapsed lungs and less than a 1% chance of survival, just to name a few. Oh yes I’m very thankful to God and all the prayers I received.
Habitat has also enabled me to get to know neighbors I never knew I had. To work for sweat equity hours with these people has been a great pleasure. Most of us are about the same age, single and with children – how amazing! What a pleasure it has been. Aside from the location of our homes, the majority of us didn’t know one another, yet, from the looks of things, that wasn’t mean to be. We were meant to be a community and thanks to the tornado and Habitat of Evansville, we will be.
None of us know God’s purpose for things or why things are the way they are. We don’t know why things have to happen and why so much disaster, there’s just a lot of things in this world that we don’t know or understand, but one thing is for sure and that’s my gratitude to Habitat, its sponsors and volunteers. I have a lot of respect and admiration for the people that put this program together, and, I feel a big place in God’s heart for them. My life has changed just knowing these people and the excitement they’re giving me just thinking about a new home. Owning a new home. And, can’t wait to live in a new home. My thanks to Matt, Sally, Steve, Sister Jane, Jenny, Janette, Keith and all the others that have worked so hard to make this possible. Thank you!