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Habitat for Humanity set to dedicate house

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Clay County's Habitat for Humanity will be dedicating this house at 309 W. McDonald Street in Brazil to the Angela Harper family. The ribbon cutting ceremony will be at 3 p.m., on Sunday, July 27. Kimberly Gleason Photo.
Days and months of hard work will culminate in the dedication of Habitat for Humanity of Clay County's fifth house at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 27, at the home site, 309 W. McDonald St., Brazil.

For Habitat partner Angela Harper, a single mother with three kids, those hours of labor represent an earned opportunity to own her own home, something that had seemed out of the realm of possibility just a year ago.

Less than a year after breaking ground, Habitat volunteers and Harper have completed her three-bedroom, two-bath home. Harper has been at the worksite helping build her house nearly every time any work was being done. Habitat's construction superintendent Richard Lightfoot has the highest regard for Harper and her work ethic.

"Angela pitched right in and learned how to do everything," Lightfoot said.

The public is invited to the dedication ceremony. Participants will be Habitat president Jerry Morgan, treasurer Keith Bowers, and the Rev. Julie Western, a director of Habitat. A special guest participant will be Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw.

Harper and her three young sons will officially cut the ribbon after Lightfoot presents her with the keys to the house.

Refreshments and tours of the house will follow the dedication ceremony.

Harper will pay for the no-interest mortgage in payments that are less than she paid for rent and utilities. Construction was financed with donations from about 20 area churches or church organizations, memorial contributions, individual donors and donations of time, labor, or materials from many business firms and contractors. Habitat also raises construction funds through its fund-raising activities such as the Jonah Fish Fry each spring.

Lightfoot and Keith Bowers, construction assistant, said they may take a short breather before beginning the next house. Habitat for Humanity of Clay County will build its next house in Clay City on South Lankford Street on property that has already been purchased and cleared.

Habitat directors in addition to Morgan, Lightfoot, Bowers and Western include vice-president Rogene Morge, secretary Janice Redenbarger, assistant secretary Mary Jane Jones, Sue Bass, Charlie Crabb, Joe Heffner, Greg Phillips, Carver Rose, Gerald Runyon, Greg Runyon, Jim Rupp, Jennifer Smith, Larry Yarnell and Sonny Zurcher.

Selection procedure for the next Habitat family will be announced this fall. Habitat families must qualify financially according to federal guidelines and be willing and able to help build their homes. They also must pass a credit check to determine their credit worthiness and not have any bankruptcy proceedings in the last 15 months.

Anyone who wishes to be considered may send their name and address to Habitat for Humanity of Clay County, PO Box 81, Brazil, IN 47834. Information will be mailed to those who indicate an interest.

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There are so many empty lots in Brazil that could be used for this project. I know that Habitat paid the city for the lot they used to build this house. Wouldn't it benefit the city to donate some of these empty lots instead of selling them. The city would no longer have to pay upkeep on the lots, which most were acquired at no cost to the city, and the money that would have been spent to buy the lots could now be used to build additional homes. Think about it Mayor Bradshaw.

-- Posted by Icareaboutbrazil on Wed, Jul 23, 2008, at 6:57 AM

In the south where I am from, we renovate the older empty houses that are just sitting gathering dust. It is a win / win for everyone. I think Brazil should look into that.

This is a wonderful program!

-- Posted by sassypants on Wed, Jul 23, 2008, at 8:41 AM

A lot of work goes into building these houses with most of it being done by volunteers.

There is only one HFH crew doing the work in Clay County and they basically construct a house a year working mostly on weekends.

More homes being done in Brazil or elsewhere in the County would take more Volunteers to do the work.

If anyone has the time to do this I suggest that you contact habitat for humanity, I'm sure they will be very happy to hear from you.

Congrats. to the Harpers on the new house and to everyone who donated time and/or materials.

-- Posted by BowlingGreenGuy on Wed, Jul 23, 2008, at 3:19 PM

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