PDT Staff Writer
Scioto County Habitat For Humanity is set to host its fourth annual volunteer recognition dinner on Oct. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the SOMC Friends Center.
According to released information this year’s keynote speaker is Carl Bergman of Cincinnati, the 2011 recipient of the Ohio Habitat For Humanity of the Year Award. Bergam retired from Ford in 2001 and has worked with the Cincinnati Habitat For Humanity for eight years. He has been a member of their board of directors since 2006 and just completed a two-year term as president.
Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity has grown from building from eight to 10 houses a year to building 20 homes in 2012; doubling its output in five years.
“We hold this dinner every year to honor our volunteers and their commitment to habitat,” said Judy Meeker, Co-President of Scioto County Habitat for Humanity.
Habitat recently dedicated its 11th house in Scioto County.
“We are excited to celebrate with our newest homeowner Carey White and her family,” said Perry Prosch, Scioto County Habitat for Humanity spokesman at the time of the dedication. “This is an exciting time for Scioto County Habitat. Our mission is to create safe, decent, affordable housing. Through the help of our many volunteers we are making our mission a reality.”
Once the home is constructed a mortgage is placed on the home for the price of construction. The family is responsible for those monthly payments to Habitat. That money is used by the organization to construct more homes.
Habitat for Humanity International is located in more than 100 countries and has completed more than 500,000 homes. According to www.sciotohabitat.org, “Habitat is committed to ending poverty housing, one home at a time, by building a decent home for a family in need. Scioto County Habitat for Humanity has found its message of offering a ‘hand up’ not a ‘handout’ has been well received in our community. Partnerships have been formed, and continue to be formed, which enable successful completion of this project, and another family in need helped.”
With the completion of the Linden Avenue home Habitat has six homes in Portsmouth, three in New Boston, one in West Portsmouth and one in South Webster.
It was recently announced that Scioto County has received $500,000 in Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) funding from the Ohio Department of Development. Included in the funding is $40,000 for Scioto County Habitat For Humanity to construct two homes.
“We are grateful to the Scioto County Commissioners for including us in their CHIP application. This funding will allow us bring the dream of home ownership to two families in Scioto County,” Meeker said. “We will now start the process of looking for locations for the homes and qualified families.”
To reserve seating for the dinner, please contact the Habitat office at 740-353-4993 or send an email to SciotoHabitat@gmail.com.
Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 208, or firstname.lastname@example.org.