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Volunteers needed for blitz this weekend

Posted: March 8, 2012 10:28 a.m.
Updated: March 9, 2012 5:00 a.m.
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Mary Reynolds stands in front of the foundation of her new home to be completed during a building blitz over the next two Saturdays

Two well known faces will be spotted Saturday working to build a Habitat for Humanity home on Gordon St., Camden.
Both Sen. Vincent Sheheen and Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk will be volunteer construction leaders for the day.

“We’re very glad to have them come out and give their time to help us build a home for this deserving family,” Bruce Little, Kershaw County Habitat executive director.

The blitz will continue the following Saturday, March 17 with Mayor Jeffrey Graham and Kershaw County Council Chairman Gene Wise as the volunteer construction leaders.

A registration table will be set up at the home, located at 1435 Gordon St., Camden, for new volunteers each Saturday. Each day will have two shifts, 8 a.m. to noon and noon to 4 p.m.

Little said he expects students from local high schools and members of local churches to come out and help make the blitz possible.

The Kershaw County Habitat currently builds two houses a year, but Little said his goal is to expand that number to five.
The house, once complete, will become the home of Mary Reynolds, a single Camden mother working two jobs to make ends meet.

Reynolds said her faith in God led her to apply last year to become an owner of a Habitat for Humanity house.
“I was looking for a better house for us to live in, and I saw the Habitat sign and called the number. From there I filled out an application,” she said.

Reynolds said she was tired of her family living in the cold, and Habitat would offer an affordable solution.
Habitat For Humanity builds modest, decent, and affordable homes -- in safe neighborhoods -- for qualified, low-to-moderate income families.

Little made it clear that Habitat houses are not a “give-away program.”

“All of our applicants are screened and the families have to commit to a significant number of  ‘sweat equity’ hours on the house,” he said.

In addition, the homes are sold to the families with a 0 percent interest mortgage.

Reynolds also said she has made lasting friendships with the other families in the Habitat program.

“We’ll be neighbors when the houses are completed. We’ll live on the same block,” she said. “It’s really neat to have friends that know what you’re going through.”

In addition, Reynolds said she has already volunteered to help two of these families build their homes.

“I’m just praying for it to be finished by next winter,” Reynolds said. “If God can provide me and my family the opportunity to own a home, I can be patient.”

For more information about Habitat For Humanity of Kershaw County, call 432-4333 or visit KershawHabitat.org.

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