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Local Habitat group dedicates its fourth house

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Shelly Enloe, family support chairman for the Habitat for Humanity Monett-Purdy Affiliate, presented new homeowners Alberto and Sofia Peralta with a picture album, picture frame and Spanish language Bible during Sunday's home dedication. [Times Photo by Lisa Schlichtman]
On Sunday, a crowd of around 40 gathered at the Monett Community Center to celebrate the completion of the fourth home built by the Habitat of Humanity Monett-Purdy Affiliate.

The new structure, located at 303 County Rd., is now home to Alberto and Sofia Peralta and their two youngest children, Lucy, 17, and Alberto, 12. The Peralta family was present at Sunday's dedication, and local Habitat leaders presented the Peraltas with a photo album, a picture frame and a Spanish language Bible.

According to Karen Nevin, president of the Monett-Purdy affiliate of Habitat, the Peraltas provided a "huge family contribution" to aid in construction of the home. Habitat homeowners are required to provide "sweat equity" as part of their commitment to the program.

Sunday's dedication began with an opening prayer by Father Martin Alvarez of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Verona where the Peraltas attend. Alvarez's prayer was followed by the singing of "The Doxology" and a few words from Mike Garrett.

"We're here today to celebrate the completion of a house," Garrett said. "We trust God will bless the Peralta family as they begin the important work of transforming their house into a home."

Nevin spoke about Habitat's mission of providing simple, decent and affordable housing to people in need. She said to date the Habitat for Humanity International organization has been responsible for building 300,000 homes worldwide.

The Peralta home marks the fourth house the Monett-Purdy Habitat affiliate has built in the local area. Fundraising has already begun for the organization's fifth house, which will be built right next door to the Peralta home.

"We have been blessed richly with generous, supportive cooperation from churches and businesses who have donated funds, materials, food and over 90 individuals who have shared their time and talent to build this home," said Nevin.

"With God's help we'll continue to do good," said Nevin. "I'm so proud of what we've accomplished. We have a wonderful community and a wonderful organization."

Father Alvarez closed the dedication celebration with a prayer and blessing.

"A house is four walls, a roof and a floor, which must be transformed into a home," Father Alvarez said. "A home is where warmth and friendship is extended. As we dedicate this house today, I wish and I hope in the form of a blessing that the Peraltas will be able to instill in their children the desire to do better, not for themselves, but for the people they'll come in contact with."

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