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Home Dedication for the Glen and Beth Hill Family- Coal City, IL
Saturday, February 10, 2018 was a great day for a House Dedication. Despite the cold and the record breaking snow, Grundy-Three Rivers Habitat for Humanity along with the Hill Family celebrated the completion of the 13th Habitat House.
The day started with an all-out effort to clear the way. Gratefully, we received assistance by Coal City with the clearing of the road and traffic assistance. Board member, Arnold Brewer, was out early plowing the driveway and shoveling the front making ready for the ceremony.
Dedication participants were led by Board President, Julie Wilkinson, and joined by current board members, Arnold Brewer, Kevin Brown, Elena Cabral, Sara Grieff, Jason Helland, John Latimer, Gregg A. Nadess, Ron Ragan, Jim “Bubba” Waite, David Way, Nikki Wills, Paul Zabel and Executive Director, Sally M. Van Cura. Prayers and House Blessings were performed by the Reverend David Gilleland of the First Baptist Church of Coal City. Julie Buck, the Family’s Mentor and Habitat volunteer, was the presenter of the Family Bible. Our brave audience consisted in many of our contributors to the building site, current contributors and Habitat families and friends. Following the program, everyone was invited inside for some hot coffee and refreshments provided by the Habitat volunteers.
Glen and Beth Hill along with their children Robert and Samantha has completed more than 400 hours of “sweat equity” working toward the building of their new home. The Hill family will be repaying a zero-interest mortgage, which illustrates Habitat for Humanity’s objective to give families a “hand up” rather than a “hand out”.
This project has been over a year in the making – starting with – the acquisition of a reduced-priced land site; the selection of a family that meets certain criteria (need, willingness to work with Habitat, and ability to pay an affordable mortgage); the extensive planning done by our Board Members and Committees; the generous contributions from our monetary and construction donors; and, of course, all of our hard working volunteers and friends.
This, and all of our Habitat homes and restorations, is accomplished in a joint effort by working together with our affiliate, the community and the deserving families – this is indeed a labor of faith and love.
Please check our Facebook page for photos and details of the event.
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