Family Moving Into New House Thanks To Habitat for Humanity

By: Peter O'Connor Email
By: Peter O'Connor Email

Sunday is known as a day of rest and thanks to Daniel Boone Habitat for Humanity and countless volunteers, one local woman has a brand new home to rest in as she goes from a one bedroom trailer to a three bedroom house.

In Leslie County, many people who were responsible for Jessie Lewis' family getting a new home built came out to dedicate the new three bedroom house.

"We did a little bit of everything from packing to helping put the floor down to raising the wall, helping with the electrical," Lewis said.

In agreement with the Daniel Boone Habitat for Humanity, applicants are required to put in 250 "sweat equity" hours before moving in.

"The applicants must pay for the materials of the house and there's a mortgage," said Habitat for Humanity Chairperson Sarah Elam.

Along the way, Habitat has had some regular help from some dedicated volunteers.

"Each family is unique. We've done five houses now since 2000 and every situations been different," said Volunteer Project Manager Doug Pax.

The Lewis family moves in today.

"It means a great deal. We're very pleased and appreciative of it and so it's a good thing," Lewis said.

"It only took three weeks to build the home, but nearly a year to raise enough money before construction could begin.

The average cost for a Habitat for Humanity home is about $6,000.

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