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OUR 14TH HOME - 602 East
Habitat for Humanity Dedicates 14th
Two Chillicothe families will have extra reasons to count their blessings this Thanksgiving. One family - Troy and Wendy Mantzey - will be celebrating in a brand new home built especially them, and another family - Andrew and Kelsie Cooper - will be looking forward to having a home of their own next year as they were selected for the next house (#15) to be built through the efforts of the Chillicothe Area Habitat for Humanity. A dedication ceremony of the home at 602 East Street took place Sunday afternoon, with many of the board members, volunteers and other prospective Habitat families in attendance. This was the 14th Habitat for Humanity home to be built since the local chapter formed in the late 1990s.
The home has three bedrooms and two bathrooms and was built by many volunteers and a Care-A-Vanners team from across the country who worked on the house this past spring. While the crowd assembled in front of the house prior to the dedication, the Habitat family joined Pastor Brent Reeter inside as he blessed the new home. The program opened with a prayer by Denise Vaughn. Chapter President Tony Figg made a few remarks, thanking the volunteers for their efforts, as well as those who provided professional services, the board members, the family, and those who work behind the scenes to raise money to build the house. "It takes time, talent and treasure," Figg said. "We raise about $70,000 a year to build it. Lots of people are involved. It takes those who swing a hammer and it takes people who donate money so we can buy materials. Everyone comes to help for various reasons," Figg said. "Whatever those reasons, we appreciate it." He emphasized to those gathered that Habitat for Humanity is not a charity. "We sell homes," he said. "We act like bankers. We work with our families. They have to make the house payments every month." By providing low interest loans to Habitat families, home ownership is within closer reach for many families. Figg extended appreciation to the current Habitat families who make their payments.
Jim Clemens, Habitat construction manager, echoed Figg's comments and thanked all those who helped with the home, including businesses that generously gave. As in all of the previous house dedications, the Habitat family received a quilt presented by Pastor Alan Brock. Mickey Cox has made a quilt for each of the Habitat families. The family was also presented with a copy of the New Testament by the Gideons.
Prior to the conclusion of the program, the next Habitat for Humanity family was announced: Andrew and Kelsie Cooper family. Other families that had applied were also present and were told that just because they were not selected this year, they should consider reapplying in the future. "Lots of our folks apply multiple times," Figg said. The Coopers' home will be constructed in 2015. Chillicothe Area Habitat for Humanity is currently working with community partners to establish where the new home will be located. Potential Habitat homeowners must attend an orientation meeting, complete the application process and contribute sweat equity hours by helping build the home or helping with another Habitat home. The homeowners then pay for their home through a 20-year, interest-free loan. There were 12 families in attendance at this year's orientation meeting held in August. Six of those families submitted applications. Chillicothe Area Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical Christian housing ministry that seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world. For the family, they now own a home. They are going to build equity. "Our goal is to do away with substandard housing in Chillicothe and we do it one house at a time," Figg said.
On Sunday May 4, 13 Care-A-Vanners arrived in Chilicothe to help build a home for a local family through the Habitat for Humanity program. When the Care-A-Vanners arrived, just the beginning stages - including the subfloor and outside walls - of new home construction had been completed. However, the lot at 602 East Street is now taking on a new look as the interior walls are completed, roof and shingles put on and siding going up. The home, located near the corner of Jackson and East streets, will be occupied by the Troy and Wendy Mantzey family, who were chosen to partner with Chillicothe Area Habitat for Humanity. The Care-A-Vanners come to join with the community - having fun along the way - to help families own their homes and live in good environments. The group is camping at Grand Oaks Baptist camp and throughout the two weeks many churches have provided lunches for the workers and also some dinners. The Care-A-Vanners will stay until this weekend. Two couples in Care-A-Vanners have been to Chillicothe for several years. Don and Melanie Fox have been here eight years and Darrell and Ellen Devault have been here nine years. There are two couples have been to Chillicothe for two years. The volunteers this year come from Canada, Texas, California, Iowa, Kansas, and Ohio.
Chillicothe Area Habitat for Humanity celebrates
Habitat's 800,000th Home
Chillicothe Area Habitat for Humanity is among the more than 2,300 Habitat affiliates worldwide that have made this milestone possible, having built 13 area homes since its founding in 1997. Groundbreaking for the 14th home, located at 602 East Street in Chillicothe, is scheduled for March with expected completion in October 2014.
Tony Figg, president of the local chapter says they are always looking for donations of time, money and materials. "Volunteers need not be skilled builders, but must possess only a desire to help," Figg said. "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 a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law. Simply mail to PO Box 913, Chillicothe, MO 64601.
With an average of five people per Habitat home, this milestone house represents an estimated 4 million people who have improved their living conditions through Habitat's housing solutions in the more than 70 countries around the world where Habitat works. "This milestone house celebrates the dedication and commitment of many hands and hearts that share our vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live," said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. "Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat is committed to helping more families, partnering and advocating with other groups to create new housing opportunities and inspiring people to take action to end poverty housing. Thank you to our many donors, partners, volunteers and advocates, whose contributions to our ministry have made it possible for millions of people worldwide to have a decent place to call home."
In its 2013 fiscal year, Habitat for Humanity built, renovated or repaired 124,946 homes, including the Navarrete home constructed in Chillicothe. This marks the first time that the global organization has served more than 100,000 families in a single year and equates to a family being served on average every 4 minutes.
The Chillicothe Area Habitat for Humanity held an orientation meeting on Monday, September 9, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the Farm Credit Services Building, 2880 North Washington Street in Chillicothe, Missouri. Interested Livingston County residents attended the meeting to be considered for the newest Habitat home. See our FAQs for details on eligibility.
The completed application, with supporting paperwork, had to be returned by 4 p.m. October 18 to Habitat at P.O. Box 913, Chillicothe, Missouri 64601, or to one of the Family Selection Committee members. The local Habitat for Humanity selected a family by Thanksgiving weekend, 2013.
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