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Few visitors came calling at the Brenda Buck home, especially since she and her family moved from public housing into a rental house on Fair Street. That's why the knock she heard on her door Tuesday night, February 23, 1999, was puzzling. She curiously opened the door and was met by a contingent of people delivering a message even Santa Claus could envy. The group was from Habitat for Humanity, and they were there to tell Mrs. Buck that she and her children had been chosen as Chillicothe second Habitat for Humanity family.
What this meant to Mrs. Buck was that for about the same amount of money as she spent monthly on rent payments, she and her family of four children could move into a brand new home built especially for them.
A kick-off picnic was held August 5, 1999, in Simpson Park. Free of cost, the picnic was catered by Chillicothe Hy-Vee. Land for the second home, located at the corner of Broadway and Calhoun, was purchased by CAHH at a reduced price from Graham Real Estate Agency. At the picnic, the "Friends of the Chillicothe Habitat for Humanity" program was announced. In the program, gifts of $25 or more make the donor a member of the new group. Members of the Friends receive invitations to take part in the local efforts to provide affordable housing to the community.
A ground-breaking ceremony was held Tuesday afternoon, August 3, 1999, with board members and the Buck family.
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Notified February 23, 1999
Construction of the second house got a delayed start when builders found an existing basement on the lot where the house was to be built at the corner of Calhoun and Broadway Streets. The house includes 1,200 square-feet of living space and features four bedrooms, a kitchn, living room, 1.5 baths, and a covered porch area.
While construction forged ahead, the community continued with fundraising efforts.
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