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Habitat for Humanity to be feature at 4th Friday

With nine houses built in St. Francois County in almost as many years, Habitat for Humanity of St. Francois County is going strong and embarking on plans for their tenth house, this time in Bonne Terre.

But what does the future hold in store for the local non-profit, ecumenical housing ministry? What are some of the special challenges it faces, and how do they coordinate a small army of volunteers to build these simple, decent homes for hardworking families?

Linda Dickerson, the executive director of Habitat for Humanity of St. Francois County, will speak about the challenges and successes enjoyed by this local, non-profit, ecumenical housing ministry during Mineral Area College’s Fourth Friday at 11:45 a.m., Aug. 22, in the North College Center on MAC’s Park Hills campus.

The catered luncheon is open to the public. Lunch is $7 per person. Reservations should be made as soon as possible to Peggy Gillespie, (573) 518-2146, by Aug. 18.

The local Habitat chapter got its start in 1997, when a few dozen people gathered together to start the affiliation process with Habitat for Humanity International, based in Americus, Ga.

Habitat houses are built through donated money, time, materials and resources, and then sold to the partner family at no profit, and no interest charged on the mortgage. The family is required to help build their house, and they have a say in how the house is built.

Families are chosen according to their need; their ability to repay the no-profit, no-interest mortgage; and their willingness to work in partnership with Habitat. Over 1,000,000 homes have been built around the globe.

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