The smallest Habitat for Humanity affiliate in the state began preparing the site for construction of their twelfth home in Mason County. The location of the home is 1315 Morrow Street. We may be small but we’re busy! Thanks to this community, we have been able to build a house every year since we organized. Our funding comes from our community, money raised at the Spring Benefit and donations we receive.
Habitat for Humanity is a Christian-based ministry that builds safe, affordable homes for people who would not otherwise be able to become a home owner. It is important to note that the house is not “given” to the family. Habitat then sells the home to a partner family “at cost” with low or no interest. The partner family enters into partnership with the Habitat affiliate and contributes at least 200 hours of “sweat equity” toward the construction of the home. This year’s partner family is Stephanie Sparks along with her children Noah, Kylie and Caycen. Stephanie grew up in Mason, is a graduate of Mason High School and has returned here to raise her children. She works at the Tax Assessor Collector’s Office.
The family selection process begins with a series of orientation meetings during which the prospective families complete applications and learn of their responsibilities as a Habitat homeowner. Home visits are made by members of the Family Selection Committee to determine the current living conditions of the applicants. The families cannot have previously owned a home and must be currently living in unsafe or sub-standard conditions.
This year’s home will be constructed in twelve weeks and will once again be an energy efficient “Gold Star” home, resulting in significantly lower utility bills for the new homeowner.
“We are so blessed to live in such a caring and generous community. There are few towns our size that can build a new home for a deserving family each year.” said President Paul Branch. “When you realize that this county of some 3,700 people builds a new Habitat home each year, that puts us as one of the best in the nation on a per capita basis. Think how many new homes they would have to build in places like Austin or San Antonio if they built one for every 3,700 residents! We could not have done this without the moral, physical and financial support of the citizens of Mason County and surrounding areas.”
The first group of Care-a-Vanners will arrive the first of February, with completion of the new home scheduled for completion by mid-April. We are grateful to the wonderful, caring people who come from all over the United States to help on the build. The public is invited to stop by the construction site at any time to observe the construction of the home.