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Habitat to dedicate latest home

Thursday, June 2, 2011

A group of Monett High School students helped landscape the Monett/Purdy Affiliate of Habitat for Humanity's newest home last Thursday as part of Community Service Day. Students and adult sponsors who worked on the project are pictured above. They include; Nicky Roberts, Hannah Crawford, Tom Younker, Mitchel Carlin, Jeremy Horton, Josh Hendershot, Shelby Anderson, Samuel Martinez, Grant Oganesyan and Bailey Pfitzner; teachers Joni Reed and Amy Dixon and Habitat volunteers Bill Van Eaton and Jerry Roberts. The landscaping work helped the local Habitat group prepare for Sunday's dedication at the home, which is located at 305 County Road in Monett. [Times Photo by Lisa Schlichtman] [Order this photo]
Dedication cere-monies for the newest house, built by the Monett/Purdy affiliate of Habitat for Humanity, have been set for 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 5.

Area residents are invited to attend the event and meet the Guadalupe Castro family, for whom the house was built. The home is located at 305 County Rd. in Monett.

"A lot of people think that we give families these homes," said Jim Copeland, construction super-visor. "That's not at all the case. They not only work on building their homes, they pay for them too, with low interest or no interest loans. We're just giving them a hand."

Habitat for Humanity volunteers construct affordable housing for people in need with donations, volunteer labor and materials purchased at reduced costs. The chosen homeowners are required to put sweat equity into the homes that are being built. This is the fifth house for the Monett/Purdy affiliate of Habitat for Humanity.

The house is about 1,200 square feet with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Homes generally take four to five months to complete.

On any given day, there were approximately 25 people working at the house, Copeland said.

"Some were general workers, and some had specialty fields such as plumbing or electricity," Copeland explained.

Castro and her children, Marcelino, Oscar, Joel, Daniel and Julissa, will be living in the home.

The dedication ceremony will include an opening prayer, family support presentations, a scripture reading and the prayer of dedication. A ribbon cutting presentation of keys will also take place. Comments on future local Habitat projects will be made by Habitat for Humanity Board President Ron Stair. The ceremony will close with prayer. Refreshments and a home tour will follow.

The public is invited to attend.

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