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Habitat for Humanity
Dedicates 13th Home
CAPTION: Jim Clemens (right), project manager with the Chillicothe Area Habitat for Humanity, presents the key to a brand-new home at 1547 Polk Street to the Laura and Ubaldo Navarrete family, with children Ava, 6, oliver, 3, and Mariabel, 1. A dedication ceremony was held Sunday afternoon.
Friends and supporters of the Chillicothe Area Habitat for Humanity chapter gathered at 1547 Polk Street to celebrate the completion of the group's 13th house with a dedication ceremony Sunday afternoon. The dedication day came two years after the Laura and Ubaldo Navarrete family gathered with Habitat for Humanity representatives for a ground-breaking ceremony on a vacant plot of ground. On Sunday, the family received the key to their new home. Prior to the dedication ceremony, Pastor Alan Brock, of Calvary Baptist Church, and the family went through the house privately for a blessing of the home.
Tony Figg, president of the local Habitat for Humanity chapter, then addressed the crowd that had gathered on the drive way and extended a word of appreciation to those who made construction of the home possible. This included the professionals who donate their time, materials and crews for specialized projects such as roofing and air conditioning; the general labor pool which consists largely of church groups and service organizations who show up and "swing a hammer" on Saturdays and help build the house; and the financial donors - whether it be an individual who sends a check in every month or a foundation that sends a large check once a year. "All those people make it possible so we can buy the materials and build the house," Figg said. "Taking the house from bare ground to what you see now is a team effort."
The chapter president noted the philosophy of Habitat for Humanity. "The one thing we like to emphasize when we talk about Habitat is it is a hand up," Figg said. "It's not a hand out." "We don't give these houses away," Figg explained. "We sell these houses. Tomorrow, we will meet at an attorney's office and do a formal closing on this. They will purchase the house from us and they will start making house payments. Those house payments are what allow us to build more houses."
The Navarrete family has rented an old farm house for a couple of years. For them, moving into a home of their own is a blessing. "It's really rewarding to be able to provide our children with a permanent home," said Laura Navarrete. "Without habitat it probably wouldn't have been feasible that we could have done it."
Brock presented the family with a quilt made by Mickey Cox and Calvary Baptist Church. Figg said the new home is simple, decent, and affordable. "It's a beautiful, little three bedroom house," he said. In 10 years, the family will own all the equity of the house.
Local Habitat for Humanity
Contributes to Record 2012
CAPTION: The current Chillicothe Area Habitat for Humanity project is located at 1547 Polk Street, almost directly north of the Chillicothe Middle School building, and has been underway since the summer 2011 groundbreaking.
Habitat for Humanity served a record 94,618 families through new home construction, rehabilitation and repairs in fiscal year 2012, breaking the previous fiscal year's record by more than 13,000 families served. This equates to a family improving their living conditions on average every five-and-a-half minutes in one of the nearly 80 countries around the world where Habitat works.
Locally, Chillicothe Area Habitat for Humanity contributed to this global effort to serve even more families in need of decent, affordable housing. Since 1997, the local chapter has built a dozen homes, and is working on the thirteenth. The current project is located at 1547 Polk Street, almost directly north of the Chillicothe Middle School building, and has been underway since the summer 2011 groundbreaking.
The Laura and Ubaldo Navarrete family, which includes two children, will be receiving this specific Habitat home upon its scheduled completion in June 2013. The Habitat for Humanity Selection Committee chooses homeowners based upon level of need, willingness to become partners in the program, and ability to repay the no-interest loans within 20 years. Recipients must put in at least 125 hours of sweat equity labor toward the building of the home.
Habitat for Humanity is always looking for donations of time, money and materials. Volunteers need not be skilled builders, but must possess only a desire to help. Individuals on site will assign tasks that best meet a volunteer's abilities. Those wishing to donate time or money may contact Connie Epperson at 660-752-6789.
"Chillicothe Area Habitat for Humanity is pleased to be part of this effort around the world that is helping improve communities," said local chapter President Tony Figg. "With continued support of our sponsors and volunteers, we'll continue to address affordable housing needs in our area."
In 2012, Habitat for Humanity surpassed its 600,000-home milestone, bringing the number of people served through better housing solutions to three million since the organization was founded in 1976. In 2011, Habitat for Humanity reached the 500,000th home milestone, and in 2000, Habitat for Humanity celebrated the completion of its 100,000th home.
A group of Habitat for Humanity workers are currently constructing a brand new living space along Polk Street here in Chillicothe for a lucky family in need. The locale is at 1547 Polk Street, almost directly north of the Chillicothe Middle School building. The individuals building the home are a part of the RV Care-A-Vanners Habitat for Humanity International group and are scheduled to be in the area for two weeks constructing the home. They arrived in Chillicothe on Sunday, April 29, and began work on Monday, April 30.
"This is the first time [these specific people] have worked together as a group," said Norma Hussey, board member for the Chillicothe Area Habitat for Humanity. "One of the couples here is on their 30th build together!"
The RV Care-A Vanners program, which is coordinated through HFHI Headquarters in Americus, Georgia, matches volunteers who travel in recreational vehicles with local Habitat affiliates in need of volunteer support. These volunteers come from all walks of life - from doctors, to lawyers, to corporate managers, to mechanics, to truck drivers, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, etc. The majority of said persons are at or near retirement age, and their construction skills range from professional to first-time builder. They pay their own expenses to travel to the specified build locales. Drawn from a pool of more than 5,000 volunteers, this year's team will be participating in more than 140 building projects, from Canada to Florida, and from California to Maine. "We started out with 21 Care-A-Vanners, and some of them have had to leave," Hussey said. "I think we're down to 11 this week."
The Chillicothe home Care-A-Vanners will be parked at Grand Oaks Camp ground, compliments of the Pleasant Grove Church. Several local churches and businesses will be providing them with lunch on the job site, as well as building materials and labor. "All of us appreciate so much the local businesses and churches who provide the food and materials for the build," Hussey said.
The groundbreaking for the project took place back in late June of 2011. When they began the project back on April 30, the Care-A-Vanners team had only a cement slab to build up from. Earlier this week, they were putting siding on the structure. "We have got some awesome workers this year," said Lindy Lile, with the local Habitat affiliate. "This is what they do - drive around and build these houses."
The Laura and Ubaldo Navarrete family (including children Ava and Oliver) will be receiving this specific Habitat home upon its completion. Within the last few years, the Navarretes have moved five times, often because the homes they were renting were ultimately sold by the owner(s). The Habitat for Humanity Selection Committee chooses homeowners based upon level of need, willingness to become partners in the program, and ability to repay the no-interest loans within 20 years. Recipients must put in at least 125 hours of sweat equity labor toward the building of the home.
The Chillicothe Area Habitat for Humanity was organized in 1997, and built its first home in 1998. The local chapter has constructed 12 homes in that span. Habitat for Humanity is always looking for donations of time, money and materials. Volunteers need not be skilled builders, but must possess only a desire to help. Individuals on site will assign tasks that best meet a volunteer's abilities. Those wishing to donate time or money may contact Norma Hussey at 646-7777, or Joyce Eddy or Lindy Lile at 646-1417. HFHI asks that, if you have a little spare time, you come by and visit with the volunteers building the Navarrete household to learn more about the Care-A-Vanners, as well as our local Habitat chapter. For more information regarding the RV Care-A-Vanners program, visit their website.
Habitat for Humanity: Family
Looks Forward to Building New Home
CAPTION: The family of Laura and Ubaldo Navarrete, along with members of the Chillicothe Area Habitat for Humanity organization, gathered at the site of where a new home will be built at 1547 Polk Street for the Navarretes. The family consists of Laura and Ubaldo Navarrete and children Ava, 4, and Oliver, 1 (gathered in front, center).
The Chillicothe Area Habitat for Humanity was organized in 1997 and built its first home in the following year. Today, the local chapter has constructed 12 homes.
Finding an available lot on which to build a Habitat home was a challenge this year. "We are very grateful for the donor of the property," said local president Norma Hussey. "Talk about an answer to prayer."
Meet the Family
There were four applicants for this year's Habitat home. The Navarretes best met the criteria of family selection, based on need, affordable, decent housing, according to Habitat President Norma Hussey.
How to Help
The next home: Habitat is planning the selection process of the next family this fall. Flyers announcing the date and time for the application meeting will be distributed at the schools and inserted into the newspaper, Hussey said.
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