Navy personnel help Habitat for Humanity refurbish home
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Four local Navy personnel participated along with civilian Habitat volunteers who installed roof trusses on a Habitat-built home at 25 Oakview Drive, North Little Rock.
The Habitat team worked on June 29. The Navy volunteers are assigned to the Navy Operational Support Center-Little Rock, which is located at Camp Robinson.
Volunteers said they had a wonderful time helping to restore the house.
Volunteer Thoran Evans said, “It was a great experience and I had a lot of fun doing it. I felt really good at the end of the day, because it was a great feeling to know we helped build a house for someone in need. It was also an eye opener for me because I have never built a house or really done any type of construction work before and to be able to do something new and different was a great learning experience.”
Volunteer Flotrice Jennings added, “Most people think that, because we are in the Navy that our duty is to be on a ship, but to be able to go out in our local community and assist with Habitat for Humanity to help a family at need was truly a wonderful experience.”
Susie Shinn, development director for Pulaski County Habitat for Humanity said the volunteers were appreciated.
“Volunteers hung trusses on a home for Stephanie Stoltz, a single mother with a four-year-old daughter. Stephanie is a social worker in Little Rock working for the Central Arkansas Community Development Center,” said Shinn. “Before Habitat, Stephanie and her daughter were essential homeless while she used her income to put herself through school.”
For shelter, the family relied on the generosity of family and friends.
“Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is the sponsor of Stephanie’s home and, through their partnership with Habitat, Stephanie and her daughter will now have a safe, decent, and affordable home to grow into all that God intended.”
Habitat homes are sold at zero-interest to qualified low-income families in need. In an effort to keep costs down, volunteer labor is used for part of the construction process.
“We could not be more grateful for all our volunteers and, are honored that the Navy has chosen us as an organization to receive their gifts of time and talent,” said Shinn.
Shun said the mission of Habitat for Humanity is seeking to put God’s love into action.
“Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. We built our first home in Little Rock in 1990. Since 2009, 36 homes have been built.”
To date, over 111 families have been served in Pulaski County. Zero-interest mortgages are given to each Habitat family and payments are received monthly.
“Currently, we have 8 partner families on our waiting list,” she said.
Each family endures a rigorous application process based on need. Credit is screened and income to service the mortgage is verified. All families are asked to partner with us by providing at least 250 “sweat equity” hours toward the building of their home, another family’s home, or in Habitat for Humanity ReStores.
Support for Habitat comes from donations from churches, corporations, businesses, individuals, grants and, through profits generated by its ReStores which are located in Little Rock and North Little Rock. “All ReStore revenue covers overhead expenses of the affiliate and, building homes. Because of the ReStore, each dollar we receive as a donation goes toward building a home for a low income family in need,” she said.
Its community partners include:
Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Pulaski County;
• Arkansas Rice Depot;
• Our House;
• Promiseland Land Ministries In Affordable Housing;
• Pulaski Technical College;
• Better Community Developers;
• Argenta Community Development Corporation;
• City of Little Rock;
• City of North Little Rock;
• Veterans’ Administration;
• Wounded Warriors;
• Little Rock Air Force Base.