Habitat set to build 100th home by Thanksgiving

Published on Saturday, 2 November 2013 22:16 - Written by From Staff Reports

Habitat for Humanity of Smith County this week will mark construction of its 100th home. A wall-raising ceremony is set for 10 a.m. Monday at 1702 N. Spring Ave.

“The citizens of Smith County have supported our work for nearly 25 years, so we want the 100th home to be a communitywide event,” said Jack Wilson, Habitat’s chief executive officer.

“We have come to this milestone because of the generous people of our community.”

Cheresa Monmouth, a mother of two, will purchase the home with a 30-year, no-interest mortgage. She has committed to investing more than 300 hours of work on the home.

The goal is to have the family in the home by Thanksgiving.

Nine religious organizations, 25 businesses, two private foundations, a middle school, a civic organization, two nonprofit organizations and more than 100 people are sponsoring the project, according to information from Habitat.

“Our diverse group of sponsors represents our commitment to partnerships founded on the common ground of love in action,” said Deanna Harrison, director of development.

“Habitat is a Christian organization that believes everyone can use a hammer as an instrument to manifest God’s love.”

Walls were pre-built by a group of volunteers under the supervision of Bob Beckley. Construction is supervised by Senior Construction Manager Steve Pepenella.

Pepenella is working with Randy and Marcia Garrett of Garrett & Associates General Contractors.

Employees of Garrett & Associates and volunteers hope to build the 100th home in 100 working hours. Garrett & Associates has enlisted 14 subcontractors to participate.

For more information and to follow the 100th build, visit www.100 campaign.com.