Habitat for Humanity to celebrate 10th anniversary

Staff Report

Habitat For Humanity of Fulton County is celebrating its 10-year anniverary with an open house for the public. The free open house will be Sunday, July 30 from 4-7 p.m. at Wauseon Rotary Park, 652 Wood St.

Habitat for Humanity was incorporated in Fulton County 10 years ago, but it took eight years before that, a lot of hard work, many dedicated community members and lots of prayer to gain the status of a stand-alone Habitat for Humanity Affiliate, according to Heidi Kern, Habitat’s Executive Director.

“Without the passion ignited by a few heartfelt individuals, Habitat for Humanity may never have been organized in Fulton County. Every person we have served is blessed by those who took the necessary steps to make that happen,” she said.

Habitat believes everyone deserves a decent and affordable place to call home. Its mission brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. To date, Habitat has built 17 homes in Fulton County and recently completed its first home repair project, a new program added to its existing new construction program. Habitat for Humanity of Fulton County built its first home in Swanton last year.

Partnering with Habitat is not a hand out; partners work very hard completing educational and budgeting classes while working on Habitat fundraisers and construction sites, including their own projects. Repaying the cost of their project is required through a no-interest loan, keeping it affordable. This provides long-term strength, stability and self-reliance.

Over the years, local Habitat partners have shown their gratitude to donors and volunteers by staying involved in not only the Habitat mission but other community involvement activities. They like to give back to those who made their lives better.

At the open house on July 30, complimentary refreshments will be provided by St. John’s Christian Church, Archbold. Live entertainment is donated by Abbigale Abbot and the Tickets, who bring the roots of rock ‘n’ roll through music of the 50s, 60s and beyond.

Habitat representatives will also be on-hand to answer questions about the mission. A “Walk Down Memory Lane” photo and video show will highlight Habitat’s accomplishments in Fulton County.

Habitat officials invite the public to bring a lawn chair and enjoy the evening with them.

Staff Report