Mason County Habitat for Humanity has been very busy this year! So much has happened, it can’t be recounted in one telling, so consider this ‘Part One’, as we go back to Spring 2008!
In April, the second group of RV Care A Vanners took up temporary residence in Mason. These traveling volunteers come from all across America and are dedicated to helping build decent, affordable housing to those in need. This group of 12 followed the earlier group of 19, who together made a tremendous contribution to the building of house #6 on Loving Street. The community has been a wonderful supporter of the affiliate in hosting the travelers by providing noon time meals on workdays as well as hosting dinners in their own homes. The City of Mason has gone the extra mile in offering complimentary stays at the City RV Park, where the new improvements at the campgrounds were met with enthusiasm and much appreciation!
The month of May brought the preparations for the sixth annual Spring Benefit on Saturday, May 17th. It was held at the historic Premier Ranch and admittance tickets were gone weeks in advance! It is a tremendous effort by the entire affiliate membership in planning and organizing, ticket distribution, in garnering sponsorships and auction items and in physical set ups, as well as ‘working’ the event! And the reward was the tremendous financial support of the community and that the attendees rated it to be the ‘best ever’!
With barely a chance to catch the collective breath, the first week of June brought the dedication of the newest house, to partner family #6, Kim, Samantha and Traci Jordan. The low maintenance, energy efficient home is 1070 sq ft, with stucco exterior covering insulated concrete forms, stained concrete floors, double paned windows, extra insulation and a rooftop solar hot water collector. Conservation continues to the outdoor landscape, utilizing low care plantings and strategically placed trees and shrubs for future shading of the home.
At the annual meeting in July, Doreen Cardenas and Amelia Banner were welcomed to the board as new members, as Jan Appleby and Jim Wilson stepped down. As outgoing President, Jan was presented with a commemorative sterling silver key ring made by Mason artisans Lee and Linnda Graham (see photo).
The beginning of the new annual year brings about a conscious effort of increasing sustainability to affiliate operations while continuing the mission to build one house a year in the Mason community. Thanks to the affiliate’s many, many supporters, it is a reality!
Stay tuned for ‘Part Deux’ and in the meantime, we invite one and all to Come Build with Us!
This Sterling Silver key ring was designed and crafted by Lee and Linnda Graham to be gifted to outgoing presidents of Mason County Habitat. The couple again graciously donated this keepsake treasure, as the board honored retiring president Jan Appleby earlier this summer.
At the dedication of house #6, Kim Jordan accepts the new Bible presented by her friends Bobbie and Lee McMillan, as daughters Traci and Samantha join a houseful of friends and family in celebration.