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Ben & Jennifer Hessenflow (son Nickoulas)
Photo by Diane Davis

Chillicothe Habitat Names Family for 10th Home Tuesday, December 5, 2006

The Hessenflow family had one more thing to be thankful for on Thanksgiving after being told just one day before the holiday that they were chosen as the homeowners of the 10th Chillicothe Area Habitat for Humanity home. Benjamin and Jennifer Hessenflow, along with their 1-year-old son, Nickoulas, were told by the Habitat Family Selection Committee that they had been chosen. "We weren't expecting them to say that we got it," Jennifer said, adding that they were very surprised. She explained that they applied for the Habitat for Humanity home in September and that this was the first time they had ever applied for a Habitat home. Currently, the family lives in Spickard with Benjamin's parents. The Hessenflows had lived in Chillicothe until October when they were evicted from the home they were renting. Benjamin works at Gear For Sports in Chillicothe and Jennifer is a stay-at-home mom.

Information and photos about our homes come from articles published by the Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune.

Tenth Chillicothe Habitat Home Dedicated
Published: Tuesday, October 2, 2007, C-T

The 10th Chillicothe Area Habitat for Humanity Home was dedicated Sunday, September 30, during a special ceremony at the home site on 221 Herriman Street.

Past Habitat President Jim Houseworth, welcomed the crowd to the dedication. "We are extremely blessed here in Chillicothe have another Habitat house," Houseworth said. "There is a group of dedicated individuals that spend spring, summer and fall building these houses."

The new homeowners are Ben and Jennifer Hessenflow who will move into their new four-bedroom, two-bath home. The Hessenflows have a son, Nickoulas, almost 2 years old.

Rev. Greg Hughes gave a blessing of the new home and family and Tony Figg, Habitat president and project manager, thanked everyone who contributed to the newest Habitat home. "We do it one house at a time here in Chillicothe," Figg said. "The key to what we build here is simple, decent, affordable housing." According to Figg, construction on the home began in April. "We went to work and built this house," he said. "It's because of the efforts of people like you."

Figg explained that the Hessenflows have reminded him not to judge people by how they look but to judge them by the way they act. He also extended gratitude to all the contractors, clubs and volunteers who contributed to the house. "To all the individuals who showed up and worked, thank you."

Donations to the Chillicothe Area Habitat for Humanity are always welcome and can be sent to the Chillicothe Habitat for Humanity, PO Box 913, Chillicothe, MO 64601.

On September 18, 2006, we welcomed a "nearly full house" representing 21
area families interested in applying for the 2007 Habitat home. Completed applications were due
by 2 p.m. Oct. 18 to the north Bank Midwest.

Brenda Wright, chairman of the Habitat Selection Committee

Some of our board with the Hessenflow family...

Family Notified: November 22, 2006
Home Dedicated: September 30, 2007

Habitat's 10th Home Taking Shape
By LINDSAY JACOBS/Special to the C-T
Tuesday, June 5, 2007

CAPTION: The Hessenflow family and volunteers from the Gallatin Methodist Church worked on the Habitat for Humanity house this last Saturday. Volunteers measured and cut siding before putting it on the house. Approximately 75 volunteers have worked on the house since construction began in early April.

C-T Photo/Lindsay Jacobs

Volunteers and a local family are working together every other Saturday to make the dream of owning a home a reality. Ben and Jennifer Hessenflow along with their year and a half-year-old son, Nickoulas, will move in to their four bedroom and two bathroom home built by Habitat for Humanity around September. The couple was one of nine applicants to apply, said Brenda Wright secretary and chairman of the selection committee for Habitat for Humanity.

Habitat for Humanity if a not-for-profit organization that works to eliminate homelessness and poverty housing, according to Habitat.org, the organization's Web site. More than 225,000 houses have been built in 3,000 communities for more than 1 million people. The goal is to build simple, decent and affordable housing, according to the Web site. Habitat uses volunteer efforts paired with money and material donations. Habitat sells the home to the family who finances it with affordable loans. The houses are sold for no profit. As the balance is paid back the money goes to fund new housing, and stays in Chillicothe except for a percentage that is donated the National Habitat Organization, Wright explained.

This will be the 10th Habitat home built in Chillicothe, and the fifth house he has worked on said Tony Figg, chairman of the building committee. Construction began on the home around the first weekend in April. Since then around 75 volunteers have aided in the project, Figg said. The House's foundation was poured by a hired professional, but volunteers have worked on everything since then. Professionals have also volunteered their time and efforts along the way, Figg said.

This year 18 Care-A-Vanners traveled to the area for 10 days to assist with efforts. The Care-a-vanners travel all over the country to help build Habitat homes. They stayed out at Grand Oaks where they received free electric and water. The community donated meals and a daily devotional was held each morning before work began. "The support of the community while the care-a-vanners are here is phenomenal," Figg said. He explained he volunteers so others can by getting things set up and ready to go before the volunteers arrive. Figg said he finds satisfaction in changing people's lives with home ownership. "There's a lot of reward in that," Figg said.

Habitat Groundbreaking on Saturday
For Immediate Release by Diane Davis, Chillicothe Habitat 03 28 07

The public is invited to a groundbreaking for Chillicothe's 10th Habitat for Humanity home at 10 a.m. Sat., March 31, at 221 Herriman Street. The four-bedroom, two-bath ranch will be built with help from many volunteers and the new homeowners, Ben & Jennifer Hessenflow.

"We're excited to get started on this year's house and thankful for all the volunteers and businesses," said Tony Figg, Habitat Board VP and chair of the Building Committee. "The footings were poured Tuesday, and the foundation walls should be in before Saturday’s groundbreaking." Jennifer Hessenflow said, "It's kind of like winning the lottery for us, as this will be the first home we've owned. Our son, Nickoulas, is one-and-a-half, and it's great to know we have a permanent place for our family to grow. Ben and I are really looking forward to putting our own effort into building our home, too."

By late summer/early fall, when construction has been completed, the Hessenflows will be presented with keys to their new home at a dedication ceremony. Then, like any other homeowners, they will begin making payments on a 20-year mortgage. The only real difference is that this mortgage has 0% interest. The Chillicothe Habitat for Humanity began in 1997. Nationally, Habitat got its start in Georgia in 1976 and is now working in 70-80 countries.

The following excerpt was published in the C-T Thursday, September 7, 2006. Article and photos by Catherine Stortz Ripley.

Habitat for Humanity Orientation Meeting Set for Sept. 18
Thursday, September 7, 2006

Livingston County residents are invited to learn about the application process for a Habitat home on Monday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. at the Grace Episcopal Church, 421 Elm St., Chillicothe.

The 2007 Habitat family will be chosen based on three criteria: 1) ability to meet monthly payments, 2) demonstration of need for adequate housing and 3) willingness to partner with Habitat, including working 250 hours for their "sweat equity" down payment.

Applicants have until 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 18, to complete and return the standard Habitat application and supporting documents to Bank Midwest in Park Center. The Family Selection Committee will use the next 30 days to check references, review background checks, interview applicants and make a final selection.

"We expect to announce the 2007 Chillicothe Habitat family by Nov. 21," said Brenda Wright, chair of the committee.

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