Local Habitat for Humanity house close to completion

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Leah Moss, Habitat for Humanity homeowner, installs a screen on the window. Moss and her mother will move into the house when it is complete. However, they need more volunteers. Kayla Monahan/reporter@cassville-democrat.com

Volunteers are needed to complete home on 13th Street

A Habitat for Humanity house is close to being built on 13th Street in Cassville.

Leah Moss heard that applications for the program were being taken during Sunday school class. Nora Young, president of Habitat for Humanity of South Barry County, announced that they were taking applications for a new home and that no one had applied yet.

Moss said that upon hearing that she went to the the Habitat for Humanity ReStore on Main Street and filled out an application, and the home started being built in August in 2012 for Moss and her mother.

"We're very happy," Moss said. "This has taught us to be patient. This is a God-sized project and He's seeing me through."

While Moss and her mother are excited to be getting the home, there's still work to be done.

"Volunteers are scarce," Moss said. "It takes time, and when we are ready for the project they may be busy."

Moss said that some of the projects are to tile the floor, lay carpet and do trim work. She said she thinks it could be finished quickly if volunteers were able to help.

Habitat already had a piece of land, so Moss agreed to trade her land when the project is complete. She said her home was falling apart, and she and her mother could not keep up with the maintenance and would have had to sell the home. Moss said she did not think she could get a loan from a bank, and would have had to rent.

"I'm able to keep the American dream and own my own home," Moss said. "When the house was falling apart, I thought I lost the dream. Now, I get it back."

Moss and her mother put in their hours volunteering within the first year. Young said that they have put in much more work than required. Moss said that she will always volunteer at the ReStore, and even plans to help with the next home that is built.

"Habitat is a faith-based organization," Moss said. "They have a lot of love in their hearts. I'm grateful they choose to work with me."

Young said to qualify for a habitat house, one must meet a need by living in substandard housing, have the ability to pay a no-interest loan, and be willing to partner with Habitat for Humanity and contribute sweat equity. Moss said that when people volunteer to help, she feels grateful.

"I pray the Lord will bless them because they have taken time out of their busy lives to help," Moss said.

The homes are not free, as the recipients must volunteer to help with the build, and pay back an interest-free loan on the supplies.

"We rely on gifts from individuals, corporations, the ReStore and other groups to fund our local housing," said Young. "All donations are greatly appreciated and help us build more affordable, simple, decent housing to serve more families in need in our service area, which is southern Barry County. So, we could use donations to our ReStore, gifts of cash and especially volunteers willing to help on the build, or in the ReStore."

Applications for anyone interested in partnering with Habitat for Humanity can be picked up at the ReStore, Health Department or the Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation.

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