Habitat for Humanity affiliate completes home
Tiffany Cardenas, sons accept home in dedication
About 35 people gathered in the living room of 526 W. Logan in Monett on Saturday for the dedication of the 11th home built by the Monett/Purdy affiliate of Habitat for Humanity.
Tiffany Cardenas and her four sons were on hand to receive their new home through the dedication service. Judge Mike Garrett conducted the closing of the sale of the house at the end of May.
Scriptures were read as Habitat board directors presented the family with a candle representing the Light of Christ, a loaf of bread acknowledging that all possessions belong to God, and a Gideon Bible ó a gift of now the late Jon Suit ó being the Word of God as guide for life. Robert McGuire presented the house numbers 526 to Cardenas for display on the front porch.
All joined in the reading of the Dedication Litany seeking Godís blessing on all who built the house and all who will live in it. A ribbon cutting followed, in which Tiffany Cardenas snipped the blue ribbon, receiving applause from those present.
Those participating in the celebration, in addition to guests, were Aaron Weibel, Jim Copeland, Phyllis Garrett, Bill VanEaton, Louise Hensley, Steve Allman, Robert McGuire, and Linda Schelin.
Refreshments were served by Linda VanEaton, Reagan Bluel, Jerry Hudson, Mary Mael, Neil Wolf and Carol Wolf. According to construction records, 129 volunteers helped build the house from the ground up, working 17 Saturdays for nine months. Financial donations came from local individuals, businesses, churches, social and civic clubs, grants, and the Groundbreakers, who offer a minimum of $50 per new house built. Donors have supported each construction project.
Under the agreement with Habitat, the partner homeowner must put in a certain amount of "sweat equity" building the house, and a 20-to-30-year loan, secured by Habitat so that monthly payments from the homeowners can then help supply funds to build future homes.
Habitat President Frank Washburn announced House No. 12 will be located next door to the Cardenas home at 528 W. Logan St. Work on that site will begin in the next few weeks. Anyone interested in helping to build should watch for news about the build or just show up at 8 a.m. on a Saturday morning. Volunteer groups will soon be needed to work and provide lunch, but individuals are encouraged to help.