On Sunday, August 3, Habitat for Humanity dedicated their fourth house on a quiet cul-de-sac in the Magnolia Ridge development in Eastpoint.
The house is now the home of nurse Jessica Weeks and her three young children.
Max Brown, one of the builders, officiated at Sunday’s dedication ceremony and Pastor Doug Boucher, from the First Baptist Church of Eastpoint, offered a prayer. He asked God to “Bless Jessica and make the house a place of safety, peace, love, joy and sharing.”
Habitat spokesman Mason Bean said the home took 100 days to build, but the construction was spread over two years of Saturdays because all of the builders worked full-time jobs during the week.
The lot where the home is located was a foreclosure donated to habitat by Cadence Bank. The house is a 1,440-square-foot, two-story, three-bedroom saltbox. George Coon of Apalachicola designed the house and donated the plans.
Bean said this is the first two-story home Habitat has constructed and will probably be the last. He said many volunteers were intimidated by having to work on a scaffold. He said the roof of the house was actually constructed on the ground and lifted into place with a crane.
Bean said Habitat takes out a mortgage on the home’s equity to fund its next construction project so the new owner cannot sell the house for a profit until it is paid for.
He said now that Habitat has completed a fourth house, it has about $2,000 in monthly income from the four homes. That, along with funds from an annual Mardi Gras benefit, is the sole funding for Habitat’s construction projects.
The next Habitat home will be constructed for the Birchwell family. Annie Birchwell is the county librarian. Their home will also be in Magnolia Ridge on a lot donated by Centennial Bank.
“Thank goodness for those two foreclosures and the generosity of those banks,” said bean. “This is going to be a pretty little subdivision.”
He said Habitat is seeking additional volunteers in hopes of completing the new house more quickly.
Bean said Habitat is not a charity, but rather a hand-up for deserving families who pay for their homes in both money and “sweat equity,” the process of contributing labor to Habitat either during the construction of homes or in a similar volunteer capacity. He said a selection committee spends nearly a year investigating applicants for a Habitat home before construction begins.