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Habitat readies to build 200th home

April 9th, 2012 3:44 am by Leigh Ann Laube


Misty Churchwell and her two teenagers will be the proud owners of Holston Habitat for Humanity’s 200th house. Construction for this community build will begin on April 13 and the house will be dedicated in June.


Churchwell and her children, Kristofer and Kristen, will build their home with the help of volunteers at 404 Wilma St., in the Hay Heights subdivision. That subdivision — named for one of Holston Habitat’s founders, Elizabeth Ann Hay — will eventually house 11 Habitat homes.


Churchwell and her children currently live in public housing.


“Misty applied to our program because she wanted a better environment for her children, and she wanted to show them that she is working hard to provide a good home for them,” said Habitat Executive Director Laura Swanson.


The organization’s 200th home is something to celebrate, Swanson said.
“We started in 1985. Every time we hit one of those big numbers ... it’s a big deal. That’s something to really be proud of, that we have that many families in our programs, that many sponsors and that many volunteers,” she said.


The home-building project is being led by the Kingsport Community Build team, Swanson said. This is their fourth project. The YWCA in Bristol is also supporting the project as a labor partner because of its interest in supporting the efforts of single mothers to make a better life for themselves.


“Funds are coming from partner family mortgage payments and from the Habitat Restore, then we have First Presbyterian Church. They’re one of our main church supports. This will be their 13th project,” she said. “We’re still looking for other partners who want to participate as funding partner or labor partner.”


In addition to the 200th build, there are other projects going on, and volunteers are needed for all projects.


“Unskilled volunteers are very welcome,” Swanson said. “There’s room for everybody with all skill levels. You don’t have to be part of a group to come. You can come as an individual and join in with the volunteers who are there that day. You don’t need previous Habitat experience or building experience. The hope is we’ll involve as much of the community as we can. It’s a real milestone for us and we want to involve as many people as possible.”


A construction schedule for the 200th build is posted at www.holstonhabitat.org? . For more information or to volunteer, call 239-7689 or e-mail info@holstonhabitat.org? .

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