Monday, September 29, 2008

Passing On The Know-How!

KY Habitat for Humanity Board President Ken Middleton helps young Stephan Barrett turn a shovel of dirt during the Groundbreaking for Stephan's new house at 608 Letcher Street. Also a member of Henderson Habitat's Board of Directors, Ken devotes countless hours helping people improve their quality of life, primarily volunteering with Habitat. Stephan is the oldest son of Shulisa Barrett, the recipient homeowner of Henderson's 46th Habitat home.

Letcher St. Groundbreaking Held for Barrett Family

Habitat Board President Mark Bailey (second from right) and Family Services Committee Chairman Paul Bird, Jr (stripped shirt) stand with Shulisa Barrett, her children and her parents, Steve and Clarisa Barrett, during the Groundbreaking of Habitat's 46th house in Henderson Sunday afternoon, September 28. Shulisa's house is underway at 608 Letcher Street. Her parents are long-time Habitat partner family members.

First Christian Church Hosts AmeriCorps Team

Rev. Dr. Dave Leslie shares with members of the AmeriCorps NCCC Fire 3 Team and Christian Womens Fellowship during a spahgetti supper served recently at First Christian Church. After a hard day's work of shingling the roof at 32 N. Julia Street, the AmeriCorps team enjoyed the very generous meal topped off with homemade desserts served by the CWF.

Monday, September 22, 2008


A very welcomed and relaxful respite from their diligent labors at 32 N. Julia Street, the AmeriCorps NCCC Fire 3 Team were the guests of Anthony and Ruth Hazelwood for a cookout and yard games recently. Invited to share in the good food and fun were also members of Habitat's staff and their spouses Steve and Debbie Hargis, Bob and Sally Hicks, Sarah Heath and Donna Phillips. Ken and Susie Middleton assisted the Hazelwood's with the hamburgers, hotdogs, all the trimmin's, brownies and chocolate-chip cookies!
The nine AmeriCorp young adults finished their second full week in Henderson, having raised the walls, set the roof trusses and started decking the roof on the Habitat for Humanity house underway in partnership with Laura Green and her family. They are committed to staying through the end of October and hope to have much of the work on the house completed by the time they leave.
Families, civic clubs, churches and business are welcome to host this hard-working team of young adults for lunch or dinner and may contact Steve Hargis at Habitat (869-9011) to schedule a meal.
Thanks to the Hazelwoods for being the first!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

will be made available and explained in detail on
TUESDAY, JANUARY 6, 2009, 6:30-8:00pm,
at the Henderson Housing Authority on South Adams Street.
Typically, applications for Habitat for Humanity housing are handed out from Habitat's office at 459 Klutey Park Plaza each year from January through March and then reviewed by the Family Services Committee for recommendation to Habitat's Board of Directors. In 2009, a new application and effort to improve the acquisition of information needed to consider a household for the partnership that builds a safe, decent house affordable to people in need will be initiated on Tuesday evening, January 6th. The Housing Authoriuty is providing the meeting room ONLY and is not otherwise involved in Habitat's application process. It is hoped that a number of households will be represented at this special meeting that explains in detail every aspect of the application and partnership Habitat establishes with an approved applicant household. This meeting is for adults only. Children should not be brought to the meeting. NO childcare will be provided.
Applicants must be US citizens and residents of or employed in Henderson County for at least one year prior to the date of their application. Applicants must live in substandard, unsafe and/or overcrowded circumstances and not be elgible for coventional mortgage financing. Applicants must be willing and able to participate in the building or rehabilitation of someone else's Habitat house and then participate in the construction/rehab of their own house. They must be willing and able to pay a $600 down payment prior to occupancy of their Habitat house and a monthly principal-only mortgage payment of approximately $350 including taxes and insurance.
When completed, the Habitat house is sold to the approved applicant for the costs of the lot acquisition, building materials and title transfer. Much of the labor is volunteered and Habitat adds no profit. Habitat will finance the sales price of the house for 20-25 years without adding interest. A homeowner's interest-free mortgage payment is "recycled" by Habitat to help build another family's house.
Applicants are required to give consent to credit and criminal checks and provide verifications of household income, employment and rent as well as personal character references.
Henderson Habitat for Humanity intends to comply to the letter and spirit of federal anti-discrimination laws regarding age, gender, national origin, race and marital status.
For more information, please attend the January 6th meeting at the ousing Authorty!

MLK Ave & Julia St Houses Progress, 3rd One Started

Members of the AmeriCorps team work to nail the roof trusses on the house underway at 32 N. Julia Street Wednesday, September 17th, while Henderson County High School students complete the shingling of their roof on the house at 716 MLK Avenue. Work on building a floor system for an unprecedented third house to be under construction at the same time by Henderson Habitat gets underway Thursday morning by members of Habitat's Thursday Crew at 608 Letcher Street.

Ground Breaking for Habitat's 45th Henderson House

Members of Laura Green's family are joined by Habitat Board President Mark Bailey, Family Services Committee member and family advocate Donna Mathias and AmeriCorps team leader Lindsey Hodges in the Ground Breaking for the new Habitat house underway at 32 N. Julia Street September 8th.


Henderson Habitat welcomes the nine-member AmeriCorps NCCC "Fire 3" team to north-western Kentucky and to North Julia Street, where they will be busy weekdays assembling a pre-framed "kit" house Habitat is building in partnership with Laura Green and family. The young adults will be here until the first of November and hope to have the house nearly finished by then.
The young adults--all of them are in their twenties--range from Honolulu, Hawaii to Blakely, Georgia, from Maryland, Connecticut, Ohio and Virginia. Most are college graduates with degrees in mass communications, psychology, sociology, outdoor education and biology. Some came to Henderson after community service along the Gulf Coast with post-Katrina rebuilding and others from clean up after the mid-west floods in Iowa. All will have given at least a year of volunteer service to help various communities in significant ways.
Habitat's Resource Development Director, Steve Hargis, coordinated this fifth AmeriCorps team to visit Henderson over the past several years. He arranged accommodations for the team at Bennett Memorial United Methodist Church and the YMCA. Habitat's Construction Manager, Tommy Zvara, provides supervision and direction of the team at the job site.
Offers of meals and meetings with the team are being coordinated by Habitat and are encouraged for developing community relations. Simply call Steve Hargis at 869-9011 if you would like to host a very dyanamic group of young, energetic, hard-working individuals giving their time and efforts to improve our community's housing.

HC Detention Center Helps Unpack Kit House

Thanks to the community service work detail from the Henderson County Detention Center, pre-framed wall sections stored for over a year were recently unpacked and delivered to the job site on N. Julia Street. The four bedroom "kit house," as it has come to be known, was a gift to Henderson Habitat from a Christian mission group in eastern Kentucky. Under the supervision of Captain Ray Fine and Officer Jerry Lee, and with the use of a flat-bed trailer and truck provided by Billy Ray of B&B Excavating Contractor, these men made short work of a monumental task enabling another house--Habitat's 45th--to get underway.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

HCHS Students Progress Habitat Build

Senior student Jessica Bruce, daughter of Sheila Bruce, and instructor Brad Moyes discuss progress on decking the roof of the Habitat house under construction at 716 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. by Construction Technology students from Henderson County High School. Ms. Bruce has been enrolled in the program for three years and intends to pursue a construction management degree and career after graduating next spring. As one of the senior students on the project, she provides leadership and experience to assist Mr. Moyes with the younger students.

Enrolled in the Construction Class and working on the Habitat house with Jessica are:

Steven Billings

Robert Blanford

James Montgomery

Warren Snyder

Jessica Spainhoward

Brandon Agnew

Caleb Butler

Mitchell Corpe

Alec Cullins

Caleb Dance

Kent Dossett

Joey Floyd

Tyler Fulcher

Daniel Glass

Dillon Goldsberry

John Goodson

Raymond Green

James Griffin

Daniel Holder

Michael Lambert

Sean mcGruder

Cody Morris

Gary Onan

Taylor Stone

Cody White

Robert Wilson

Timothy Wishon

Bradd Burris

Robert Monsen

George Proctor

Michael Salup

Zachary Williams

Jordan Willoughby

William Wortman

The High School students will continue to work on the house until completion, gaining experience framing, roofing, siding, insulating, painting, triming out and landscaping the house being built in partnership with Connie Madole.


A sign on the wall at WESTERN KENTUCKY ENERGY reads:








Western Kentucky Energy collects aluminum cans for Henderson Habitat. You can too! Call Habitat (869-9011) to receive a free collection box for your office, church, school. Habitat will pick up the cans. Proceeds from the recycled cans are applied to the building costs of a Habitat for Humanity house in Henderson.

Thanks Western Kentucky Energy for the poster!