The holidays are in full swing. And while many are focused on the decorating, shopping and feasting associated with this time of year, Campbell County Habitat for Humanity volunteers are on a mission of a different kind.
Despite celebrating the completion of construction on the organization’s 25 th house in August, the group took little time to rest before moving on to its next project.
With the possibility of frigid temperatures and wet weather looming on the horizon of the upcoming winter months, volunteers spent the weeks leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday working to get the 26 th house “in the dry.”
“Our current objective is to get the home under roof so that we can continue to work on the interior if the weather deteriorates,” Campbell County Habitat President Ken Nichols, said of the group’s goal as construction on the home commenced in early November.
According to Nichols, Danny and Karen Riggs and their three boys ranging from 14 years to nine months old can look forward to moving to their home around February or March 2010.
“This home is a little different than any other that Campbell County Habitat
has previously built because it is being built on a lot that the homeowner owned prior to the build. All other homes have been built on lots purchased by Habitat,” Nichols said of the location of the group’s most recent build.
Prior to the build the Riggs family lived in a trailer on the Davis Chapel property that will soon be the site of their new home.
In a little more than a decade Campbell County’s Habitat organization has been able to accomplish the astonishing feat of making home ownership a reality for 25 families. While a host of volunteers work in concert to make sure each project reaches completion, the recipients of each home are not without responsibility.
Once chosen as a candidate for Habitat housing, the family must complete a designated amount of “sweat equity” which includes everything from manual labor on the project to financial planning classes.
Although the local group has a number of faithful volunteers they are always looking for a few more. For more information on the Campbell County Habitat for Humanity, call 566-7316.