Habitat for Humanity is building a new home in Kershaw County. Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that gives low-income families the opportunity to improve their own lives.
As stated on its website, Habitat for Humanity is "founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe, and affordable place to live."
The program is designed for families only. Families also must be a Kershaw County resident for at least one year.
Habitat for Humanity decides on a family using a Family Select Committee which consists of members of the community. Habitat also uses a Family Support Committee which mentors the family for 2 years.
Melissa Clark is the newest recipient of the program and is looking forward to getting her two children, Ziere, 6, and Za’neah, 4, out of a high drug and crime area and to have a better life. "I’m looking forward to having something I can call my own home and being in a new neighborhood," said Clark.
Clark will have to work hard to build her home and will be responsible for paying back her no-interest mortgage.
Homeowners are required to help build their home as a part of the agreement to work "sweat equity" hours. Melissa is required to work 200 hours of sweat equity, 100 of which must be on the construction of her home or the homes of others being built.
Clark is also required to work 25 hours in the Habitat ReStore located in downtown Camden.
"The sweat equity component is very important as it gives the families a sense of accomplishment which leads to hope for a brighter future for their families," Charlotte Rankin, executive director, said.
Habitat for Humanity is hoping to have the walls in place by mid-April. They are also looking for groups of volunteers to help with construction.
Those wishing to help support Melissa, Zeire, and Za’neah can do so by visiting the Habitat ReStore and participating in "Sign a Stud." "Sign a Stud" is a fundraiser where participant donate $1 to sign one of the studs that will be used to frame walls in Melissa’s new home.
The Habitat for Humanity ReStore is located at 1019 Broad St. in Camden. The ReStore is now open new extended hours: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.