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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Next Habitat home owner sought

  • Anyone interested in becoming the owner of the next home built by the Mark Twain Area Habitat For Humanity (MTAHFH) is invited to an information meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at the Hannibal Nutrition Center at South Tenth and Church streets.
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  • Anyone interested in becoming the owner of the next home built by the Mark Twain Area Habitat For Humanity (MTAHFH) is invited to an information meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at the Hannibal Nutrition Center at South Tenth and Church streets.
    This will be the MTAHFH’s ninth house in Hannibal, and construction is scheduled to begin in 2014, according to Linda Cook, a member of the Family Selection Committee.
    The family is selected prior to the house being designed, Cook explained. The family can be any number of people from one to many, she added. “The house would be designed after we know the size of the family.”
    Cook encouraged anyone interested in learning more about becoming a Habitat home owner to attend the meeting, explaining “the purpose of the meeting is to explain the points of eligibility and clarify questions.”
    The meeting is planned for adults, with no child care provided, she said, “because we want the adults to be able to focus on the eligibility factors and application process.”
    The three points of eligibility are:
    • The ability to pay for the home with payments
    • The need for the house
    • The willingness to partner with Habitat in building the house. If the future home owner is not able to help physically, he or she could do other tasks for Habitat, Cook reported.
    Individual interviews also are available, she said. “After the meeting if anyone wants to talk to any committee member personally they may do that, or if they want help with their application, we will do that.”
    Additional members of the Family Selection Committee are Linda Clark, Jeff Brown and Carolyn McHardy.
    For more details call Clark at (573) 221-6834 or Cook at (573) 221-2487.
    The next house will be built at 410 Riverside on Hannibal’s South Side, adjacent to one of the last two Habitat homes. The most recent is at 406 Riverside, the home of Ashley Hawkins and her daughter. This house was erected in a one day “Pro-build” project on May 12, 2012, involving many local volunteer construction workers.
    “We greatly appreciate what they did for Habitat,” Cook said. “The ‘blitz’ building was wonderful. All the construction people got so much done. It was amazing.”
    The Habitat organization would appreciate volunteer help for the next home. “We would be glad to hear from people who want to volunteer when construction begins in 2014,” she said, If someone contacts her, she will put them in contact with the volunteers’ leader.
    Funds for next
    home raised
    at golf tourney
    Three years ago, MTAHFH launched a popular fund-raising tournament at Norwoods Golf Club. Participants have discovered that it is a fun opportunity to invest in the community while enjoying an afternoon of golf with friends, business associates, and co-workers. Area businesses were generous in sponsoring holes and providing food, beverages, as well as free items for the golf goodie bags and door prizes.
    Page 2 of 2 - The 2013 Tournament was chaired by Bruce Athman, with support from Wayne Harbourn, Buddy Tarleton, Carolyn McHardy, Linda Clark, Joe Wilcox, Paul Krause, Trey Hall, Mike Oleksy, and Stephanie Thomeczek.
    A total of 29, four-person teams participated in an 18 hole scramble, with lunch and a variety of prizes. After expenses and prize money, the event raised around $6,000. In the fall, a spaghetti dinner/silent auction fund raiser is traditionally held.
    Details about the golf tournament were provided by Mary Bailey for the Courier-Post.
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