Last week, we reported the Greene County Habitat for Humanity chapter celebrated the construction of its 55th home.
And we later learned the 56th home will be occupied sometime before Christmas.
It’s quite a remarkable achievement for a county the size of Greene to be able to build and renovate homes for so many families since its Habitat chapter was chartered in 1985.
Keith Davin, the executive director of Greene County Habitat, is the first to acknowledge that what has made the organization’s building history a success has been cooperation – cooperation among banks, corporations, churches, colleges and universities and the general public.
The 55th house, the ninth to be completed in West Waynesburg, was donated to Habitat by First Federal Savings & Loan Association of Greene County. And while this house was not built from the foundation up, it did, nonetheless, require extensive renovations to accommodate a family of six.
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 in Boston, 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 also put in a considerable amount of volunteer hours.
If ever there was an example of cooperation, this is about as good as it gets.
And wouldn’t it be great if this type of cooperation could extend elsewhere, like to governments, here and abroad.
Oh, what a better world it would be.