Monday, May 11, 2009

Habitat for Humanity Helps Athens County

By Katie Meyers

Athens County's Habitat for Humanity is raising funds to give a home to someone in need. They held a rummage sale last Saturday at Christ the King Parish Center to raise money to help build their 24th house.

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit Christian housing ministry. Habitat builds and fixes houses through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials. Habitat for Humanity's work is accomplished at the community level by affiliates, including the Athens County Chapter.

The latest Athens County housing project is for Darrick and Ashley Wires of Albany. They live with their three daughters in a dilapidated trailer in the back of Darrick's parent’s house. The Wires applied to the program with encouragement from family, and were approved by the coalition last September. The construction of the house is currently underway. Some of the proceeds from Saturday's rummage sale will go towards this project. This is the eighth year the Athens chapter has been hosting rummage sales. They have always generated a lot of attention from the community.

Lori Johansen talks about the success of the rummage sales.

George Bain talks about how the rummage sale has evolved.

Habitat houses are sold to families at no profit and financed with affordable loans. Since its creation in 1976, Habitat for Humanity International has built more than 300,000 houses around the world, providing more than 1.5 million people with shelter.

Habitat for Humanity is always looking for volunteers and donations to help out their organization. The Athens County chapter is selling blank notecards to those who want to help out.

Lori Johansen talks about the benefits of donations.

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