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Information and photos about our homes come from articles published by the Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune.
House Dedication on Sunday, Sept. 10
The Chillicothe Area Habitat for Humanity is nearing completion of its ninth home, which will be dedicated at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10 at 414 Wise Street in Chillicothe (approximately one block north and west of Souls Harbor Church on Third Street). The public is invited to attend; parking is available in the Souls Harbor parking lot.
This year’s home has been built by scores of local volunteers and Care-A-Vanners from across the country. The new homeowners are Mary and G. “Robbie” Taylor of Chillicothe, who will move into the new four-bedroom, 1¾ bath home soon with four of their children: Katie, 21; Joey, 16; Savannah, 14; and Tabby, 11.
“It was a pleasant shock to find out that we were chosen for the house,” said Mary. “We had rented in Wheeling for eight years and moved to Chillicothe in 2005. This will be the first home Robby and I have owned together. Last year, we spent all of our income tax refund to fix up the house we were renting. It will be so great to move into a new house that doesn’t need a lot of work.”
Regarding their upcoming move, Robby says, “I’m looking forward to fixing up the yard the way I want and planting a garden. We’re so happy and everyone’s happy for us—even our landlord. We so appreciate everything Habitat has done for us, especially efforts by Sherry Savage, Tony Figg, Lois E. Turner, Jim Johnson and Mike McClure. Hugh Musselman (of the City) has been great, too. I’m looking forward to helping with next year’s house, as well.”
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. Homeowners pay for their home through a 20-year, interest-free loan. Chillicothe now has nine Habitat homes.
Livingston County residents interested in applying for a Habitat home must be represented by a family member at an orientation meeting to obtain an application. The application must be completed and returned within 30 days.
The next orientation meeting will be Monday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Grace Episcopal Church, 421 Elm St., Chillicothe.
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.
The following was published in the C-T April 10, 2006. Photo by Butch Shaffer.
Humanity Starts Ninth Home
Building Friendships One House at a Time
Caption: Care-A-Vanner Grace Minor, known to fellow workers as “Amazing Grace,” celebrated her 83rd birthday Wednesday by working on the newest Habitat for Humanity house in Chillicothe.
Photo by C-T / Angel T. Roxx
What are you going to do when you retire? Sit back and relax? That is the retirement plan many people have in mind as they look forward to their “golden years,” but for a special group of retirees known as the Care-A-Vanners, that is hardly the case. This group spends their free time building houses for Habitat for Humanities. For some of the Care-A-Vanners group members, this will be the fourth year that they have come to Chillicothe to build. Group leader, Jack Settles and his wife Pat, of Dayton, Ohio, have been here all four years and look forward to coming back.
Ron and Grace Minor, of Chillicothe, Ohio, have been here for two years. Grace had the fun of celebrating her 83rd birthday on Wednesday, May 10, with her Care-A-Vanner “family.” Jack Settles said, “the Minors are mindful, have great spirits and are some of the best workers I have worked with, and they also are the group's oldest couple.”
Don and Melanie Fox, of Lebanon, Ohio, enjoy working with the Care-A-Vanners the most of any of the volunteer work they do. Melanie said, “the teamwork and the fellowship we have together is amazing and I wouldn't want to miss the chance to work with them.”
Ellen and Darrell DeVaul, of Waterloo, Ill., are back for their fourth year of building in Chillicothe, Mo. Ellen said, I look forward to coming and building in Chillicothe so much that I am always worried that we won't get signed up in time to come.” She went on to explain that there is a sign up for each town and that only 20 people are assigned to each build site. She said, I am always afraid that someone else will beat us to signing up for Chillicothe and we won't get to come.” So far, that hasn't happened. The DeVauls live in their R.V., traveling from Minnesota to Iowa and into Texas to see family when they are not doing builds with the Care-A-Vanners. They have lived like this for six years, dedicating their free time to building houses for other people.
Bob and Cheryl Hays, of Wisconsin Dells, Wisc., are here for their third year. They have been working with the Car-A-Vanners for five years now and have done 11 builds. Al and Charlotte Halber, of Albuquerque, N.M., are excited to be back for their second year in Chillicothe. Jack and Colette Holm are from Montrose Colorado.
Stu Levens, of Louisiana, Mo., is the only single member of this group. He is a new retiree and joined the Care-A-Vanners last year. This is his second build. He said, “My plan is to do two builds a year, one in the spring, and one in the fall.” He joined up with this team at a R.V. Rally a couple of weeks ago.
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