Churches come to­gether to build Habi­tat Home

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

Lo­cal churches and groups will be com­ing to­gether for Apos­tles Build to build a new home for Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity of Sa­line County.

This year’s Apos­tles Build will start Satur­day and con­tinue Oct. 14-18.

“Apos­tles Build is when Habi­tat part­ners with lo­cal churches to build a new home,” said Habi­tat Di­rec­tor Stephanie Grif­fin. “Churches have the op­tion to give fi­nan­cially and spend time vol­un­teer­ing.”

Each year, the churches fund about half the cost of the house build. Donors and spon­sors help fill the gap.

Grif­fin sees Apos­tles Build as a great way for churches to com­plete mis­sions at home. Grif­fin said the chil­dren who live in Habi­tat homes go to school with the chil­dren in the com­mu­nity.

This year’s Apos­tles Build fam­ily will be the Ramos fam­ily. Grif­fin ex­plained this home is not given to the fam­ily. They will put in sweat eq­uity hours and have a zero per­cent in­ter­est loan for the cost of the house they will have to pay.

Habi­tat’s mis­sion is to pro­vide de­cent, af­ford­able hous­ing to those who could not get it oth­er­wise.

The loan re­pay­ments made by all Habi­tat home­own­ers help to fund fu­ture builds.

Grif­fin said vol­un­teers don’t have to be a mem­ber of any church to take part in Apos­tles Build. They can just show up at 7 Jef­fer­son St. in Ben­ton on any build day. Builds typ­i­cally be­gin around 8 a.m. and go un­til 2 p.m., de­pend­ing on weather.

They don’t have to stay the whole time or even need to know any­thing about build­ing. Habi­tat’s reg­u­lar vol­un­teers, known as the Tues­day Crew, will be lead­ing the build. They will show the vol­un­teers what to do and su­per­vise the work.

“No ex­pe­ri­ence nec­es­sary. Just a will­ing heart and some time,” Grif­fin said.

Habi­tat has a few key builds that oc­cur ev­ery year. Grif­fin said as a Chris­tian or­ga­ni­za­tion, Apos­tles Build is very im­por­tant. That build typ­i­cally has the most vol­un­teers for the week of any build.

Grif­fin sees Apos­tles Build as a chance for those who have never worked on a Habi­tat house to give it a try. If they like it, they may want to work with the Tues­day Crew more of­ten.

The churches signed up to vol­un­teer dur­ing the build are Fel­low­ship Bi­ble Church in Ben­ton, First Bap­tist

Church Ben­ton, Sardis United Methodist Church, First United Methodist Church in Ben­ton, First United Methodist Church in Bryant plus Re­source Man­age­ment Ser­vice.

Break­fasts and lunches for the build will be pro­vided by Thrivent Fi­nan­cial, Ben­ton Coun­cil Mem­ber Eve­lyn Reed, First Bap­tist Church of Ben­ton, home­owner Heather Ramos, St. Matthews Epis­co­pal Church, Simmons Bank, Sardis United Methodist Church, First United Methodist Church Ben­ton, Our Lady of Fa­tima Catholic Church and First United Methodist Bryant.

For any­one in­ter­ested in get­ting more in­volved with Habi­tat, there will be an in­ter­est meet­ing in Selph Hall at First Bap­tist Church Ben­ton from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thurs­day.

The meal will be catered by River­side Gro­cery and Cater­ing.

Grif­fin asks those who plan to at­tend to RSVP so she can have a head count for the meal by call­ing the of­fice at 501-315-5434 or email­ing [email protected]­tat­salinecoun­t­yar.org.

There will be an ap­pli­cant meet­ing for those in­ter­ested in be­com­ing Habi­tat home­own­ers at 6 p.m. Oct. 17 at Herzfeld Li­brary in Ben­ton.

Grif­fin en­cour­ages the com­mu­nity to get in­volved with the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

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