Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Students in Brad Moyes' Construction Technology Class at Henderson County High School raise the roof trusses on their Habitat for Humanity house underway at 716 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. The new home of the Connie Madole family progresses each day by two groups of students whose class instruction comes on the job! Not only learning a practical skill and potential trade, the students also receive safety training and benefit from developing skills of teamwork, leadership and self-esteem from quality workmanship. In the white hard hat, Mr. Moyes helps students achieve goals they once thought were beyond their reach.
Henderson Habitat's ReStore Manager Donna Phillips stands with Anthony Hazelwood and Bill Jones of Hazex Construction Company where the first of 18,432 linear feet of Mocha colored composite deck boards were unloaded. The 5/4" X 12 and 16 foot length boards will be sold at a discounted price through the ReStore and proceeds applied to the building of another Habitat house in Henderson for a family in need of safe, decent shelter they can afford to call their own. Customers will have to pick up their purchases at Hazex after paying for them at the ReStore on Klutey Park Plaza, across from the YMCA. The ReStore is open to customers 9am-4pm Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 9am-12noon on Saturdays.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Ms. Edith Suggs stands proudly on the porch of Henderson's FIRST Habitat for Humanity house. Seventeen years ago--August 26, 1991--Habitat celebrated its first Ground Breaking at 633 Seventh Street. Then Henderson Mayor Bill Newman and Judge Paul Herron attended the festivities. Ms. Suggs, now retired from the KY Dept. of Social Services, worked regularly with thirty volunteers to build her house. It was finished four and a half months later, in early January, 1992.
Ms. Suggs and Henderson Habitat's pioneer volunteers established a continuing legacy of the construction of safe, decent shelter affordable to households living at the lower end of the economic scale that presently has forty-three Henderson partner families and is building for three more.
Congratulations to Ms. Suggs and thanks for her faithful participation with Habitat. Her monthly principal-only mortgage payment has been helping to build all those other Habitat houses in Henderson since!
Habitat's MISSION is multi-facited to be sure, building hope building houses for families in need of safe, decent and affordable shelter. But often before the CONstruction of a new house can begin, the DEstruction of an unsafe, substandard one must take place. Workers with B & B Excavating Company recently accomplished that task for Habitat at 608 Letcher Street,
ELIMINATING a substandard house so that a new one can be built in its place. Habitat is grateful for the voluntary contribution of the building lot on Letcher Street from David and Dana O'Nan. Their generosity makes Habitat's work possible.
Work on the Shulisa Barrett family's new home of will begin within a few days--the 46th Henderson County family to receive a Habitat for Humanity house since 1990. Habitat's dedicated volunteer "Thursday Crew," led by Fred Lauver, will be engaged in building this house, the third new house to be started within the past few weeks.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Steve Hargis stands between the 100th and 101st riders Saturday stopping at the Hebbards- ville Volunteer Fire Department for refreshment and rest. Teri Ames and Linda Wulf of Newburg, IN were among the 339 participants in the Blue Grass Festival's Pickin' & Pedalin' Bike Tour. More than $4,500 were raised by the event thanks to the efforts of cyclists and the volunteers who were stationed at rest stops all along the 62 mile track.
Habitat for Humanity greatly appreciates the dedication of the following volunteers and organizations who helped make this year's event so successful: Steve & Debbie Hargis, Sally Hicks, Dave & Cathy Kast, Jennifer Mortis, Virginia Mortis, Megan Mortis, Rich Cocco, Bill Blackburn, Matt McClanahan, Gary Bell, Ken & Susie Middleton, Fred Lauver, John Gavin and family, John Berrong, Ryan & Sharon Head, Rev. Tim Hobbs, Ron Young and members of the Henderson General Baptist and Pleasant Valley Christian Churches. Thanks to the Hebbardsville Fire Department, Bluff City's Fairview General Baptist Church, Henderson General Baptist Church, Zion Baptist Church and the Pleasant Valley Christian Church for providing the rest stop facilities.
Habitat expresses its gratitude also to Sureway Food Stores for the donation of fresh bananas and oranges provided at the rest stops to the cyclists.
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