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Habitat for Humanity to begin 31st home

Habitat for Humanity of Findlay/Hancock County will begin construction of its 31st home at a Raise the Wall ceremony, open to the public, at 10 a.m. Saturday at 1810 Payne Ave.
The new homeowners, the Braithwaite family, will thank the donors and sponsors of the Habitat’s Signature Event Auction, held last April, that raised the funds to build the home. A countdown and raising of the first wall will follow.
Over 400 volunteers will build the home over 14 days. The exterior of the home will be built June 7-14, and the interior finishing and landscaping will be done June 23-28.
Volunteer teams represent Marathon Petroleum Corp. and its “M&TE” department, Blanchard Valley Hospital, the Right Thing/ADP, CentraComm, Altrusa, Flag City Morning Rotary, Kiwanis, Lowe’s Distribution Center, Cooper Tire, Century 21/Koehler Associates and the University of Findlay Habitat chapter.
The Whirlpool Corp. will provide a new stove, refrigerator and dishwasher for the home, as well as employees to serve as construction crew leaders throughout the build.
Volunteer slots are still available, including Saturdays, for individuals 16 and older. Registration may be made by calling 419-429-1400 or emailing volunteer@habitatfindlay.org. Volunteers can build in four-hour shifts from 8 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. No skills or tools are necessary; Habitat will provide a construction crew leader and tools. Those who would like to contribute but are unable to work can donate cases of bottled water and snacks for the volunteers, which will be accepted at the build site during the build dates listed above.
The Braithwaite family qualified as a low-income family unable to qualify for a conventional loan who was willing to partner with Habitat and complete at least 400 “sweat equity” hours. They will purchase the home with a no-interest loan, and their monthly mortgage payments will be used to build future Habitat houses.
Habitat for Humanity is accepting applications for partner families for homes to be built in 2015, or homes to be repaired in 2014. For more information, call 419-429-1400 or visit www.habitatfindlay.org to complete an online application.
Habitat will be building its 32nd home in September in partnership with the faith-based community, and will repair 12 to 15 homes with its new home repair program. Donations are also being accepted at ReStore, where proceeds from the sale of home improvement items, cabinetry, appliances and furniture help fund the building and repair programs that serve families in Hancock County.

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