The Young family has a new home in Ripley thanks to the the Jackson County Habitat for Humanity.
The family consists of father Austin, his wife, Cierra, and their two children, second-grader Peyton and toddler Ja’Cory. They now have a new home at 206 South St., the seventh home Jackson County Habitat for Humanity has constructed since the program began in 2000.
“This is amazing. We’re very proud and thankful,” Cierra Young said. “We look forward to having a very blessed future.”
Prior to the dedication ceremony, Peyton Young was busy giving tours of her new home to the individuals attending the event. She was particularly proud of her room, which was painted her favorite color, green.
The dedication was conducted in order to recognize the contributions of Habitat’s local partners, and to express appreciation to the large number of volunteers who helped with the build, Habitat president Larry Sturm said.
He said he was amazed by the number of volunteers who donated their time and energy to help build this home, especially since most of the volunteers did not even know the family who will be receiving the home.
Sturm gave special recognition to Constellium, which allowed nearly 100 of their employees to come and work on the house “on company time.” They coordinated work crews from various departments of the plant to take turns visiting the house and working on all phases of construction. Constellium also provided financial support to purchase the lot on which the home was built.
Special thanks was also given to Roy August of the Jackson County Homebuilders Association, who supervised the construction from start to finish.
Sturm also recognized Ripley Mayor Carolyn Rader who authorized city employs to help with the project, even permitting use of excavation equipment. Jackson General Hospital donated funds to purchase a new gas range for the family.
“There have been so many supporters here in the community,” he said.
Of the seven homes built by Habitat, three are located in Ravenswood, two in Ripley, one at Sandyville, and one in Evans.
“The wealth has been spread around,” Sturm said of the home locations.
At the conclusion of this ceremony of dedication, Sturm provided a special Bible and the keys to home to the Young family.
“Jackson County Habitat is a small, all-volunteer organization with no paid staff. All funds taken in go directly to the current build or the next build. Houses are built by whoever happens to show up to volunteer,” he said. “There are lots of folks out there who would like to donate their time to make the community a better place. We are giving them an opportunity to do just that.”