There will be the noise of hammering soon as Jackson County Habitat for Humanity volunteers will start building their sixth house.
This year the organization will be using materials from the USA.
According to Larry Sturm, president of JCHH, the location of the new structure is at 109 Virginia Street.
Said Sturm, “We will start building toward the end of September. Our ground-breaking ceremony is September 11 at 11 a.m. We are hoping that a lot of people will come out for the ground breaking.”
For those who do not know about Habitat, Sturm described the organization as all-volunteer Christian outreach to eliminate sub-standard housing.
Said Sturm, “We are a very small group of volunteers. There are Habitat organizations that have paid staff, but we don’t have that. We are strictly volunteers here. Not having a paid staff means that more money goes into the cost of building the house. We are going to do this with local community people. Why pay a salary when you have volunteers who are ready to work?”
There are various people with or without building skills who show up at the site.
“We have people who know about carpentry, plumbing, electric and others who have no experience building a house at all. But there are still things they can do. They can paint, dig, and clean up. Even if they just hold a board while someone else is hammering it in place is a help, “stated Sturm,” We are fortunate in Jackson County to have so many community minded organizations and we are blessed to have people from other organizations who will help with the construction.”
According to Sturm, there are misconceptions that many people have about Habitat.
“They buy the house at a very, very reduced cost. We don’t build a house and give it to families for free. First off they have to put in at least 500 hours of sweat equity meaning they work on the house too. When the house is finished the family must make house payments. They get a no interest loan. And an average payment is $200 every month.”
When we select a family they we move very, very carefully. We are helping our community and want working people that need a hand up and not a hand out.”
For more information about volunteering for Habitat for Humanity or have questions, call Larry Sturm at (304) 372-1748.