Part of the mission of Scioto County Habitat for Humanity is to bring people together to build homes, communities and hope. The organization recently fulfilled that mission by dedicating its recent home. The home located in New Boston, brought the conclusion of months of work and allowed a family the reality of owning their own home.
The family of Felisa Oliver will reside in the home.
Throughout the construction process Oliver and her family take an active roll in the process. Before construction starts habitat takes applications and chooses an applicant that’s willing to partner with the organization. The partner family must be willing to complete sweat equity toward the building of their home. The number of sweat equity hours the partner family has complete depends on the size of the family.
Completing sweat equity hours allows the partner family to be involved in the construction of their home and in some cases the administration of the organizations.
Other requirements for the partner family include their ability to pay a monthly mortgage over a period of up to 30 years. The partner family is invited to continue their relationship with the organization in becoming an active volunteer and advocate.
Paul White, president of Habitat for Humanity Scioto County, explained to those in attendance the house was built in memory of Diana Michael a former volunteer with the organization.
Pete Michael, husband of the late Diana Michael, said she was a social justice advocate and believed in the mission of Habitat for Humanity. He called it an honor to have the house dedicated in Dianas name.
“Our vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live and our mission to seek to put God’s love into action and that’s really what it’s all about,” White said.
He said the dedication would not be possible without dedicated volunteers and donors.
During the ceremony Jr. Williams, mayor of New Boston, presented Scioto County Habitat for Humanity with a proclamation declaring Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, as Scioto County Habitat for Humanity Day within the village.
Williams also extended a warm welcome to the Oliver Family as they move into their new home.
Also during the ceremony Oliver was presented the keys to the house, symbolizing the transition from construction of the home to habitation.
“I’m grateful today and I’m thankful. It’s been a long hot summer, but we got the work done,” Oliver said. “I love the program (Habitat for Humanity) has taught me a lot. Watching everyone work on the hope has inspired me.”
Oliver said she feels as if she needs to continue work with habitat by going on the next build or helping in the habitat office to show her gratitude.
For more information about Scioto County Habitat for Humanity visit them at sciotohabitat.org.
Scioto County Habitat for Humanity recently dedicated a home in New Boston. Pictured is Paul White, President of Scioto County Habitat for Humanity conducting the dedication service.
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