Habitat’s presence is good news

Published 9:43 am Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Although it was great to hear that the Habitat for Humanity of Madison and Clark counties will host its first community breakfast here later this month, the real positive news are the announcements that will come out of it.

Beginning at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 14 at First Fire off Lexington Avenue, the event will serve as the formal announcement that the organization will launch a Habitat ReStore and resource center in Clark County.

For those who don’t know, the official explanation is Habitat for Humanity “is a global nonprofit housing organization working in nearly 1,400 communities across the United States and in approximately 70 countries around the world.” Habitat’s vision is of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat works toward that vision by building strength, stability and self-reliance in partnership with people and families in need of a decent and affordable home.

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Community members partner with Habitat to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage.

A more recent venture, Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and used furniture, appliances, home accessories, building materials and more to the public at reduced rates.

Traditionally, the community breakfast has been in Madison County, but this year the organization is having one focused solely on Clark County to reflect the organization’s desire to become more active in Winchester.

The breakfast will feature remarks from Habitat leadership, as well as a testimonial from someone who has benefited from a Habitat project. Organizers also call the event a “friend-raiser” for the organization

Those in attendance can also sign up as volunteers, either putting themselves on a list for upcoming projects in the area or volunteering for current building projects. This is critical as a typical building project for the Habitat utilizes more than 150 volunteers and the organization is always looking for help.

This event will be a great way to officially welcome an organization that has long had a presence here but is really beginning to grow it.