(Dayton, OH) - The sound of hammers rings in the Beavercreek Church of the Nazerene parking Lot. Over 200 volunteers including the WSU Baseball team, WSU Women's basketball team, and the Beavercreek Rotary Club, will work together to frame a three bedroom, two story house at the Church of the Nazarene parking lot for the first parking lot build in Greene County.
Habitat for Humanity of Greene County merged with Dayton Ohio Habitat for Humanity in January of this year. Executive Director, Diane Graham explains the merger; "The merger was a strategic restructuring that will allow us to leverage resources, enhance services and become more cost effective day-to-day operations. Bottom line, it's better for the families we serve. " The parking lot build is the official public kick-off as one team building to make their community a stronger, safer and more affordable place to live.
With dirty boots and smiling faces Habitat for Humanity of Greater Dayton broke ground Tuesday, September 23 at 241 Illinois in the Walnut Hills neighborhood. The neighborhood, known for its rich tradition and welcoming atmosphere will be the perfect place for the family of eight.
When working on their sweat equity hours, Muntu says that he had a good experience communing with the other families and volunteers. "Seeing the work on the houses in progress week by week with the help of other families and donors or working in the ReStore, helped me to see the true love and compassion that the organization and community has for people," says Muntu. The family believes that the program will give them a sense of pride, boosting their status as a citizen, and presenting a true sense of revival by allowing them to start a new life in a home they can call their own in the Walnut Hills Neighborhood.
The new home on Jordan Ave marked the 16th build with CTBS partnership.Catch the Building Spirit (CtBS) partners with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Dayton in order to provide decent, affordable homes in safe neighborhoods across Greene and Montgomery Counties. Each year, the CtBS build begins around Memorial Day, continues throughout the summer, and is dedicated around Labor Day. There are also volunteer opportunities with CtBS throughout the winter. CtBS seeks to meet their Christian responsibility in a practical way by alleviating the substandard housing that affects 40% of our area's low-income urban households.
It takes over 2,000 volunteer hours to construct a Habitat home. The worksite on 241 Illinois is looking for volunteers beginning September 23rd! If you would like to work side-by-side with other volunteers to build a home for a local family in need of decent, safe, affordable housing visit our website, www.daytonhabita.org and click on Volunteer Now for a list of available build opportunities. Worksites are open to men and women, 18 and up, weekly Tuesday through Saturday. No experience is necessary, basic construction skills are taught on the job by the worksite leaders. If you have any questions feel free to contact Brad Roediger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Dayton
Dayton Ohio Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1983 as a non-profit, volunteer-driven Christian ecumenical housing ministry dedicated to providing decent, affordable housing to families in need throughout Montgomery County. Greene County Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1985 dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies for families throughout Greene County.
Every family accepted into Habitat's homeownership program is required to work 275 hours of sweat equity. They work alongside volunteers on build sites, including their own home, as well as in the Habitat ReStore and offices. The families must complete 40 hours of homeowner educations classes on everything from financial management and nutrition to home maintenance and the legal responsibilities of homeownership. Using what they learn in financial management classes, the family must save $50 a month to pay their closing costs. They purchase the home with an affordable, interest free mortgage. The partner families' mortgage payments are used to build future homes.
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