Habitat plans new initiatives

Thursday, July 6, 2006

Habitat for Humanity of South Barry County has announced a pair of initiatives that will open up new volunteer opportunities for area residents.

A "Women's Build" is being planned in Cassville and a "Rural Build" is slated for the Eagle Rock, Golden and Mano area, according to David Samuel, president of the local Habitat affiliate.

The site of the Women's Build will be at 503 Oak St. A house that has served as Emmanuel Baptist Church in Cassville's parsonage has been donated to Habitat by the church. This home will be moved to the building site and work will be required to renovate the home at its new location.

A Women's Build is a program created by Habitat of Humanity International to encourage the participation of women and girls in the home building process. Nearly 800 Habitat homes have been built by female crews around the world.

Samuel will host an organizational meeting for the project at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 11 in the computer room at the Family Life Center of Cassville. The meeting is open to anyone interested in the project.

Planning has also begun for construction of a Habitat house in the Eagle Rock-Golden-Mano area.

"Many persons in this rural lake community have expressed a desire for a Habitat House to be constructed in their area," said Samuel.

An organizational meeting for this proposed project will be held at 6:30 p.m on Tuesday, July 18 at the Eagle Rock Community Building on Highway 86.

Total cost for the two projects is $90,000, and donations are now being accepted. Checks can be mailed to Habitat for Humanity, 101 E. Seventh St., Cassville, MO 65625. Individuals wishing to make their donation on-line can visit Habitat's international web site at www.habitat.org and designate the donation for Habitat for Humanity of South Barry County.

Samuel said volunteers do not need to be skilled laborers.

"Many persons have told me that they have no skills," said Samuel. "Any person that comes to a work site, we will find something for them to do to contribute to the house construction.

"Outside of the construc-tion, persons may get involved with family education, support, fundraising, the Re-Store, volunteer coordination, and so on," continued Samuel. "There are more jobs than there are persons to fill them right now."

Habitat for Humanity of South Barry County is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian organization dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and homelessness in the area it serves.

"Habitat works because we are providing an opportunity for families who cannot afford simple, decent housing to participate in building a home and purchase it from the local affiliates at no profit and at no interest," said Samuel. "When these two projects are completed, two families that currently live in substandard housing will have a new place to call home."

For more information on Habitat and its new initiatives, contact Samuel at 847-4372 during the days and at 847-1442 in the evenings.

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