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Habitat for Humanity breaks ground on 43rd house

Habitat for Humanity breaks ground on 43rd house

Posted: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 8:00 pm

By HOPE MONTGOMERY
Messenger Intern
Obion County Habitat for Humanity launched the start of their 43rd home  recently along with some special help.
This particular Saturday was also a Legislative Workday, and state Rep. Bill Sanderson, wife Marjie, and Obion County Mayor Benny McQuire attended, prepared with hammers and aprons to lend a helping hand.
Habitat executive director Judy Underwood welcomed the volunteers and thanked them for their presence.
She informed the volunteers that this particular home had been approved for a reimbursement grant from Tennesse Housing Development Agency. The agency partnered with Habitat of Tennessee and awarded a $1.4 million grant to go toward the construction of 65 homes, including this particular home in Obion County.
Because of the grant from THDA, Obion County Habitat is able to take the funds and match them with donations from community individuals, churches, businesses and foundations to complete this build.
Upon completion of the statewide THDA project, an estimated 228 children and adults will be living in new, affordable, quality-built, energy-efficient homes they will make monthly payments on, which will enable Habitat to build even more new homes.
Obion County Habitat for Humanity board members attending the recent work day were Jimmy Smith, Charles Callis, Tim Williams, Barbara Dickerson, Ron Newberry, Maurice Carroll and Laura Archer.
Habitat president Will Bell introduced the new partner family, LaShunda Daniels, her daughter Aaliyah and son, Isaac.
Judge Jimmy Smith introduced Sanderson and McGuire. Sanderson addressed the volunteers and board members and spoke of his appreciation for the work of Obion County Habitat for Humanity.
Sanderson and McGuire are both great supporters of the organization. They happily showed support by helping volunteers build walls.
Before work began, the Rev. James Kinsey gave thanks and praise in prayer.
It was a successful Saturday morning for the Habitat crew. Habitat organizers are always appreciative for the volunteers that attend, and this Saturday they were especially thankful for the presence of local officials who continue to show support for Habitat projects.
Work will resume every Saturday until the home is completed. The address of the home is 605 North Sixth Street Union City.
Editor’s note: Hope Montgomery is a sophomore at Hendrix College in Conway, Ark.  She is the daughter of Bob and Amy Montgomery of Union City.

Published in The Messenger 6.5.13

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