On December 21st, the Mason County Habitat for Humanity (MCHFH) dedicated a home for their newest Habitat family. Isidro and Vanessa Soto and their two children moved into their beautiful home just in time for Christmas. Attending the dedication ceremony were members of the MCHFH board of directors and members of the community. Paul Branch, MCHFH board president, welcomed the attendees and praised Vanessa and Isidro as well as the volunteers for all of the hard work that it made it possible for the family to move into the house in time to enjoy the holiday season in their new home.
Reverend Wade Powell, pastor of Hilda Methodist Church, performed the house blessing ceremony, and Sue Kahn presented the Sotos with a framed painting she had done for the family. Mayor Brent Hinckley was on hand to witness the ceremony and to add his congratulations to the Sotos and to the Habitat organization. Paul Branch presented a Bible on behalf of the Habitat board of directors, as well as the keys to their new home, wishing them many years of joy and happiness in the house.
MCHFH is very proud to be a part of this wonderful community and provide the opportunity for families like the Sotos to own their own home and raise their family in a safe, secure environment. It’s important to note that HFH does not “give” a home to a partner family. The family buys the house at cost with payments over a 20 to 30 year period. Habitat for Humanity is a Christian based organization whose mission is to provide safe, affordable housing, not only here in Mason but throughout the world. Habitat for Humanity recently completed its 500,000th home in the world and is the fifth largest builder of homes in the U.S.
The mission statement of HFH is: Seeking to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes and hope. The Habitat board members acknowledge they could not afford to complete this mission without the financial, moral and physical support of this community and supporters throughout the state. They continue to be grateful to live and work in Mason.
In other MCHFH news, during the same week they poured the foundation for house #11 this week. And the Mason High School shop students pre-cut all the lumber for the house and the Care-A-Vanners will arrive in February.