Habi­tat moves Apos­tle Build to Oc­to­ber

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By Elisha Mor­ri­son el­[email protected]­ton­courier.com

Due to con­cerns re­gard­ing in­clement weather, Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity of Saline County is moving this year’s Apos­tles Build from a Sept. 7 kick­off to Oct. 12 and 14 through 18.

Habi­tat Di­rec­tor Stephanie Griffin said be­cause of the rain the area has had Habi­tat can­not guar­an­tee the slab would be ready in time for the Sept. 7 date. She added moving it to Oc­to­ber will hope­fully mean cooler weather for the work.

She noted the new date also co­in­cided with First Bap­tist Church of Ben­ton’s Serve Day.

“Apos­tles Build is one of our pri­mary builds each year sim­ply be­cause it does in­volve our lo­cal churches,” Griffin said. “Since we are a Chris­tian or­ga­ni­za­tion, church in­volve­ment is an es­sen­tial part of our suc­cess, from their vol­un­teer in­volve­ment, as well as mone­tary do­na­tions. We are al­ways look­ing for ad­di­tional church part­ners, as well as vol­un­teers in gen­eral, whether af­fil­i­ated with a church or not.”

Along with Apos­tle Build, the other yearly builds are the Col­le­giate Chal­lenge and Real­tor

Build.

This year marks the 14th Apos­tle Build in the lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tion’s 20-year his­tory.

The new build will take place at 7 Jef­fer­son St. in Ben­ton, next to the re­cently ded­i­cated 70th newly built home. This home will go to the Ramos fam­ily. Like all Habi­tat new home­own­ers, the Ramos fam­ily has to put in 300 sweat eq­uity hours, plus an ad­di­tional 150 hours for each ad­di­tional adult who will live in the home, along with mak­ing monthly pay­ments on a 0 per­cent in­ter­est loan.

The fam­ily plans to pro­vide a meal for vol­un­teers dur­ing the build, along with Thrivent Fi­nan­cial and Sim­mons Bank.

The churches signed up to take part in the build this year are Fel­low­ship

Bible Church, First Bap­tist Church of Ben­ton, St. Matthews Epis­co­pal Church, Sardis Methodist Church, First United Methodist Church of Ben­ton, First United Methodist Church of Bryant, Our Lady of Fa­tima, Rev­o­lu­tion Church, Abun­dant Life and Mt. Zion.

Griffin said this build, and other Habi­tat projects, gives lo­cal churches a chance to prac­tice mis­sions at home. She said Habi­tat and the vol­un­teers are giv­ing the new home­own­ers a hand up, not a hand out.

She em­pha­sized no build­ing ex­pe­ri­ence is needed to vol­un­teer. The reg­u­lar group of vol­un­teers, known as the Tues­day Crew, will su­per­vise and guide all build par­tic­i­pants. Griffin said ex­pe­ri­ence is not needed to even join the Tues­day Crew be­cause those vol­un­teers learned from each other and ex­pe­ri­ence build­ing the homes.

Dur­ing build week,

Habi­tat plans to hold two events at Herzfeld Li­brary in Ben­ton.

On Oct. 14 at 6 p.m., Thrivent Fi­nan­cial will host a class on ba­sic bud­get­ing and fi­nance. Griffin asks those who plan to at­tend to RSVP to Habi­tat at 501-315-5434.

On Oct. 17 at 6 p.m., there will be a home­owner ap­pli­ca­tion meet­ing where any­one who is in­ter­ested in ap­ply­ing for a Habi­tat home can learn more, ask ques­tions and find out if they may qual­ify.

Along with vol­un­teers, the churches also help with the build through fi­nan­cial sup­port, though Griffin said it does not fully cover the build. She will gladly ac­cept any spon­sor­ships or fi­nan­cial do­na­tions to help with the cost.

Habi­tat will hold its Over­all Ball from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 26, at the Ben­ton Event Cen­ter to help raise funds for the builds.

“Those funds can help go to­ward Apos­tles Build,” Griffin said.

Tick­ets are now on sale for the event for $40 each or $350 for a ta­ble of 10. They can be pur­chased by con­tact­ing Habi­tat.

There are other ways to help Habi­tat as well. Griffin said they are al­ways look­ing for more churches to part­ner with Habi­tat. For each church, they like to have a church li­ai­son on the church re­la­tions com­mit­tee who can keep Habi­tat in­formed of church events and vice versa. Vol­un­teers can also feed the Tues­day Crew on work days.

Griffin said any­one is wel­come to join Habi­tat on any of the builds, even if they are not associated with a church.

“Habi­tat is a won­der­ful Chris­tian or­ga­ni­za­tion that is im­por­tant to the whole com­mu­nity,” she said.

Elisha Mor­ri­son/ The Saline Courier

Vol­un­teers work to­gether dur­ing a pre­vi­ous Apos­tles Build for Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity of Saline County. This year’s build has been moved to Oct. 12 and 14 through 18.

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