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Information and photos about our homes come from articles published by the Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune. The following excerpt was published in the C-T Monday, August 8, 2005. Article and photos by Catherine Stortz Ripley.
An estimated 50 people were present for a dedication ceremony at the new home located at 407 Cherry Street. Habitat President Lois Turner welcomed the guests and had the honor of handing the key over to Ben and Angela Vance, whose family was chosen for the eighth Habitat-built home less than seven months ago. "This is a very special day," Turner said.
What this means to the Vance's is that for about the same amount of money as what they spend monthly on rent payments, they can move into a brand new home built especially for them. With a minimal down payment, the family has taken out an interest-free 20-year loan financed by Habitat. Because materials and labor were provided either at cost or through donations, the expense of building the house was kept at a minimum.
Ben and Angela and their children: DeTrii, 10, Tehya, 7, Caleb, 3, and Makayla, 16 months, have spent much of the last several months working on their home, fulfilling the condition that Habitat families provide "sweat equity" for their homes.
Ben, by trade, is employed in construction with Pat McCoy Construction and usually helps build other people's homes. However, after being chosen a Habitat family in January, Ben and his family have had the opportunity to help build their own home. Throughout the building project, the Vances regularly visited their home. They helped prepare the site, set cabinets, hung sheetrock, painted, swept and mopped floors and did whatever they could.
A big thanks to the Care-A-Vanners pictured at left and below. See also their photo gallery from this visit!
Home Dedicated: Sunday, August 7,2005
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