WAYNESBURG – Greene County Habitat for Humanity celebrated the construction of its 55th home at a dedication ceremony Oct. 24 at 120 Third St. in West Waynesburg.
The new homeowners, Kirk and Amanda Williams, thanked all those who worked so hard to help them reach this goal. In addition to purchasing the home, the Williamses have put in a significant amount of labor on the renovations to a home donated to Habitat by First Federal Savings & Loan Association of Greene County.
The renovations began around June 2011 and were completed through a partnership with First Federal, Alpha Natural Resources, Cleveland Brothers Cat One Call, Doug Hughes Contracting, Charlotte’s Custom Draperies, Jim Hopkins, and the Franklin Township Supervisors.
In addition, work groups from Ohio State University, Simmons College (Boston, Mass.), Ark and Dove Presbyterian Church, Bridgewater Presbyterian Church and New Jersey-PA Partners visited the project to help with the renovations.
The Habitat for Humanity Student Chapter and Bonner Students from Waynesburg University, as well as administration, faculty and general student body put in a considerable amount of volunteer hours.
After explaining that the Williamses had performed the required sweat equity hours working on their home and the homes of others as a requirement for becoming Habitat homeowners, the family was presented with the key to their new home and a Bible.
Through donations of money and materials and volunteer labor, Greene County Habitat for Humanity was able to build the home and sell it at an affordable price. The Williams family is purchasing the home with a no-profit loan, and their monthly mortgage payments will be used to build more Habitat houses.
Keith Davin, executive director of Habitat, said, “We are pleased to be able to complete this, our ninth project here in West Waynesburg. I hope the Williams’ four children enjoy playing in their new yard and have a safe and healthy childhood here. In addition to this new home, Habitat has nearly completed its first-ever build in Greensboro. We hope to have the new homeowners there moved in before Christmas,” he said.
Greene County Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry and has built 55 homes since 1984.
The ultimate goal of Habitat for Humanity is to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the face of the earth by building adequate and basic housing.
Furthermore, all of our words and actions are for the ultimate purpose of putting shelter on the hearts and minds of people in such a powerful way that poverty housing and homelessness becomes socially, politically and religiously unacceptable in our nations and world.
For more information, visit www.greenecountyhabitat.net.