A ground breaking celebration was held Sunday afternoon for the fourth Habitat for Humanity home in DeKalb County.
Committee and Board members of Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County and the new partner family, Melba Vinca and her grandchildren Bradley Mullican, Cayton Lance, and Justin Lance gathered for the brief ceremony at the future site of the home on Hayes Street in Smithville.
Nolan Turner, President of Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County, said construction may begin this week. "Construction will begin this week. We will get the footer dug and poured and after three or four days setting we'll lay the blocks then hopefully two weeks from Friday we will be starting the framing. I understand a crew we've got coming in will have it under roof in three days. They'll come back the next weekend and do the electric work and possibly the plumbing. They are professionals, This is what they do all the time and this is their volunteer work. Some of them are local but they build these log homes and they're out of state a lot. If weather goes right we should be very close if not completed by Thanksgiving. The home is a 1,050 square foot house plus the porch. It will have three bedrooms and a bath and a half," said Turner.
During Sunday's ground breaking ceremony, Turner made welcoming remarks and introduced the partner family..
Dr. John Carpenter, minister of the Smithville First United Methodist Church and Bright Hill United Methodist Church led the attendees in the Responsive Reading and prayer. After the groundbreaking, Dr. Carpenter closed the ceremony with prayer.
This is the fourth Habitat home in DeKalb County. Two of them are on Adams Street. The third is on Hayes Street.
To qualify, applicants must: (1) have lived in DeKalb County for at least one year; (2) be willing to partner with Habitat to realize dreams of home ownership; (3) currently occupy inadequate or substandard housing; (4) demonstrate the ability to pay a mortgage; and (5) fall within Habitat's income guidelines.
All applications will be reviewed and considered by Habitat's Family Selection Committee before a partner family is selected. The partner family will work with Habitat on construction of their home and to develop the skills necessary for successful home ownership. Construction labor is provided by Habitat volunteers, and some materials are donated by Habitat supporters, as well.