Ceremony marks beginning of Habitat of Humanity house
The groundbreaking for the Monett-Purdy Habitat for Humanity's sixth house was held on Saturday, May 5 on East Nellie.
The welcome and special thank-you's were presented by Jon Suit.
"Soon everyone will hear hammers and saws but more important, we need to give thanks to God who we owe everything to," said Suit.
Aaron Weibel, assistant pastor at New Site Baptist Church, led the group in the opening prayer.
Ron Stair, pastor of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), of Monett, and board president of the Monett-Purdy Habitat for Humanity, gave a brief history of the organization.
"The group was founded in 1976," said Stair.
"It was an unique idea of helping people and helping the community. In 2003, Habitat was established in Monett.
"The learning process has been a beneficial one and we are proud to build one house a year. It takes a lot of support from the community and we have that here," said Stair.
Stair compared the building of the homes to an old-fashioned barn raising.
"The families we find are deserving," said Stair. "They are willing to work hard. The homes will be paid for by the families at a no-interest loan."
Shelly Enloe, family support chairperson for Habitat, introduced the family that will be residing in the sixth house. The family will house four, Sharra Meadows and her three daughters, Angel Stewart, Mya Bradbury and Tessa Meadows.
Enloe works with the families after they are chosen. Vicky McGuire is in charge of family selection.
Suit continued the ceremony with a blessing on the house, led by Weibel, followed by an imaginary walk-through of the house with the new family. The home will consist of three bedrooms, one and a half baths, kitchen, dining area, utility room, living room, storage area and a front porch. The living area will consist of 1,228 square feet.
"We are so excited to begin a new life," said Meadows. "The girls were ready to pack the minute we found out we had been approved."
Jim Copeland Construction is the building contractor and volunteers will begin sweat hours on Saturday, June 2. The lot was donated by John J. Turner, of Minnesota, and is 100 by 135 feet.
Board members were recognized at the celebration. The board members were, Stair, Suit, Vicky and Robert McGuire, Phyllis Garrett, Karen Nevins, Margaret Prim, Shelly Enloe and Dave Saunders.
Individuals, civic groups or businesses interested in helping build home #6 can call Jerry Hudson at 235-6722 for more information.