September 21, 2017

Lions Host Habitat for Humanity Presentation

Local Habitat Executive Director Steven Brown, Lions Club President Emily Rogers, Heard Habitat Board of Directors Emmett Jackson

The Lions Club met at the Senior Center Monday August 8th and played host to a presentation by the Troup/Chambers/Randolph County affiliate of Habitat for Humanity.

Habitat for Humanity International, the 6th largest home builder in the world,  is a nonprofit worldwide Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing and homelessness from the world.

Emmett “Pepper” Jackson, a new member of the local board of directors for Heard County’s Habitat spoke to the club first about the positive qualities and opportunities that can be given to a community through the well-known organization.

He pointed out that even though the program is just taking root here locally their goal is still to build two homes in Heard County in 2012.

Executive director Steven Brown then took to the podium to go into further details about Habitat’s operations, procedures, and application process.

He emphasized that through Habitat homes are NOT given away free as many have often suspected. He stated in fact that what really takes place is a partnership between the potential homeowners, Habitat, and local charities, churches, civic groups, and corporations to provide a home for a family that would not typically be able to afford one on their own especially focusing on families with dependents and handicap issues.

Brown stressed that the application process was very detailed and that homeowners are required to put many hours of “sweat equity” labor into the project along side community sponsors and volunteers.

He also presented detailed information in regards to how the Restore part of the foundation helps to fund 100% of all operations for Habitat meaning that all donations  go directly to funding actual builds and rehab projects.

The Restore program, according to Brown, also is an environmentally sound portion of the process as it has eliminated about 170 tons of waste from our landfills.

He said that about 20% of what is needed to break ground here in Heard County has been raised through some corporate and private donations already and hopes are that the rest will be raised soon.

If you would like to make a donation to Heard County Habitat for Humanity you can contact Executive Director of  Steven Brown via e-mail at sbrown@tcchfh.org or for volunteer information you may contact Emmett Jackson at emmettJ60@gmail.com.

Stay tuned to the Citizen for continued updates on the progress of our local Habitat affiliate in the coming weeks.

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