Two groundbreaking ceremonies will officially set in motion the builds of Henry County Habitat for Humanity’s 23rd and 24th houses since 1996. The event, on Sunday, April 14, 2013, at 3:00 p.m., will begin at the site for House #23 at 200 North Walnut Street in Mount Pleasant. The site is at the corner of North Walnut and East Madison, 2 blocks east of the stop light at Walnut & Washington Streets. Habitat’s partners in this build are Alexis and Jeremy Fugate, who currently live in Rome, IA, with their two young children, Landon and Cadence. Alexis, employed at Pleasant Manor, is a lifetime resident of Mount Pleasant and Jeremy hails from LaHarpe, IL. As Habitat partners, the Fugates will engage in “sweat equity.” They will perform at least 500 hours toward the work on their home as well as toward future Habitat endeavors. They have already started the sweat equity program. Jeremy has worked on a previous Henry County Habitat build, and they are attending required classes that assist in gaining insight into home ownership.
After the ceremony on Walnut, the gathering will move to the site of the 24th Habitat house, 506 West Monroe Street, the future house of Barb Garmoe and her son, Cody, near the corner of Marion & Monroe Streets. Barb was raised in Mount Pleasant, and is currently employed at New London Community Childcare. She had worked at a daycare in Mount Pleasant for 15 years before it closed. Barb, as every Habitat house recipient, will be providing “sweat equity,” in the form of assisting with other Habitat sites and attending home ownership classes. She heard about the Habitat program from friends who are in the Habitat experience and decided to apply for a house.
Both families express an immense feeling of being truly blessed to have the opportunity for a Habitat experience. Donna Rinner and Debra Savage are family sponsors; Deb indicated that, “it is very rewarding to work with two families (and their extended family) who are so enthusiastic about helping with their new homes to be. They have also willingly and with excitement participated in the course work that is necessary to maintain and preserve responsible home ownership.”
Guided by a Christian mission, Habitat brings together businesses, foundations, churches, families, and individuals to provide affordable housing. You can learn more about the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity at http://www.freewebs.com/hfhhenryctyia , on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Henry-County-Habitat-for-Humanity/144908358884199 , or the Habitat tab at http://thefellowshipcup.org . Individuals or families that are interested in learning more about becoming a Habitat Partner can find application forms under the ‘About Us’ page on the website, on Facebook, or at the Fellowship Cup website or their site in Mount Pleasant.