Work for the Day is Coming

Saturday – March 10, 2018

Work for the day is coming when our Habitat House will be done! George Sanford, Tom Nuchols, Mr. and Mrs. Miller, and some of their friends worked Saturday morning putting up sheet rock, and mudding cracks.  This house will have to pass a new, government required, door pressure test. Every smidgen of a place that might be an air leak must be filled with mud.

There are still areas in closets that need sheet rock. Taping, bedding, and painting are all jobs that will need volunteers in the coming weeks.  The 2018 women’s build will be    May 5th. Ladies, mark your calendar, grab a friend and join our mission of providing affordable housing for a working family.

 

Great Work Day

Saturday morning a group of super nice folk showed up to work on out current Habitat house. Calking around window frames, insulation, wiring and general cleanup were some of the jobs worked on.

Dayna Brownlee, one of our Mt. Pleasant Board members, was there and I got a chance to ask her a few questions.

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Dayna Brownlee,
AML Officer

Why are you a part of Habitat? Dayna – I enjoy giving to the community, giving back.

What is your favorite on site job?  Dayna – Painting, where I know what I’m doing.  I work more to the end of the project.

Dayna has served on the Mt. Pleasant Habitat Board for three years.  She is our Compliance person making sure our Habitat moneys are distributed properly.  She helps keep us in compliance with Habitat International.

Dayna Brownlee works at Guaranty Bond Bank in Mt. Pleasant.

There are many ways to serve in the Habitat organization, not all on the construction site itself.  We need volunteers to serve on various committees, volunteers to prepare simple lunches for the workers on workdays, volunteers to oversee registration of workers on workdays, donations of money or materials that can be used or sold.

Speakers and Habitat programs giving more information about our local projects are available.

If you are interested in serving or need a program, please contact Jaletta Farmer, our Executive Director, Monday through Friday mornings. (903) 575 1225

 

Working Together

Mount Pleasant Habitat for Humanity is charging ahead with work on our latest house on East 9th Street. Saturday morning, November 25th, volunteers gathered and began cutting and installing sheets of insulation foam. Some fencing and wiring projects were also being worked on. The weather was perfect for indoor and outdoor work.

Habitat Success Story

It was in January 2007, the big day, the day Linda Prichard hadLinda and Lana been waiting for, dreaming of and laboring toward.  After weeks of working alongside Habitat volunteers ripping out carpet, laying tile, painting, helping install windows, light fixtures and cabinets, the day of dedication was there. Everyone, Ms. Prichard’s family, Habitat volunteers, and guests were excited.

Ms. Prichard heard about the Habitat program from a friend, Mrs. Rowe. They attended Abundant Life Church together. As we visited in her fenced-in front yard, courtesy of her brother, Ms. Prichard recalled how working on her house had boosted her sense of self-esteem and confidence, and

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made her proud. She remembered looking forward to leaving the duplex where she and Lana, her special- needs daughter, were living and moving into their own home. They would have a fenced in yard for their pets, a place for Lana to play, room for Ms. Prichard to plant flowers and where she didn’t have to answer to anybody.

On the day Linda and Lana moved into their new home, they had three pieces of furniture, Lana’s bed and dresser and a plaque displaying the Ten Commandments.  Family and friends helped her out with different pieces of needed furniture.  Today Ms. Prichard’s home is furnished with nice, comfortable furniture in each room.

Ms. Prichard said she was especially grateful to one Habitat volunteer in particular, a silver-haired man. Several years after the dedication she meet the gentleman at the cancer center where they both were undergoing radiation and chemo treatment.  She said he encouraged her each time they met. (She couldn’t remember his name but it must have been Claude Alexander.)

When I recently met with Ms. Prichard one afternoon, she was trying to decide where to plant two pots of daisiesyard.  We sat near a small patio table while Lana rocked in a covered swing. Two hammocks were stretched out near us. “Lana enjoys rocking in the swing and lying in the hammocks,” she said.

“I feel so blessed and grateful to have the security of my own home,” Ms. Prichard continued. “I have something for my son and grandchildren, for Lana. I have a place where my children and grandchildren can come visit. When Lana had a reaction to an anesthetic and spent eighteen days in a hospital, Habitat worked with me on my house payments. It felt good to have a home to come back to,” she declared and smiled at her daughter.

Ms. Prichard’s closing comment. “Working with Mt. Pleasant Habitat has helped me have more respect for myself, helped me build my self-esteem, be independent and better able to care for Lana.”

 

Atlas Shingles Have Arrived

Ronnie White and Tom Nuchols pulled a trailer to Daingerfield and collected a trailer load of Atlas Shingle donated for our current Habitat home. Our heart felt thanks to Atlas Shingles of Daingerfield. The men experienced a little delay along the way, however. Between Mt. Pleasant and a mile out of Daingerfield Tom saw something fly off a trailer tire. A flat!  Ronnie had to drive on into Daingerfield and buy a new tire.

On track again, the two men arrived at the plant to pick up our super gift of roof shingles. They were told we were getting a color of shingle that is brand new and won’t be released until 2018. Wheeeee! I’m anxious to see this new color.

The Atlas crew loaded the shingles and our guys brought them home without further incident.

Great Work Day

Today, September 2, 2017, was a great work day for Mt. Pleasant Habitat.  We had a big, hard working crew and accomplished a lot. Just study the pictures. Great job people.

We are grateful to Atlas Roofing in Daingerfield for their donation of shingles for the roof and to John McDermitt and his roofing crew who will be putting them on, hopefully next week.We will soon be ready for the plumbers, the electrification, and then the fun part of installing insulation.

Everyone is welcome join in the satisfaction of helping a wonderful couple build their home. Money donations needed.

Progress!!!

Mount Pleasant Habitat for Humanity’s current built is progressing. The windows are all in. The house is wrapped in insulation. The back door is in place.  This Saturday, 9/01/17, volunteers will be putting the siding up and the front door in place. Everyone is welcome to come join the fun and fellowship.  Work starts at 7:30 a.m. Don’t miss out on that great feeling of satisfaction for a worthwhile job well done.

Habitat Sale Items

Habitat for Humanity has some great items for sale this Friday 9:00 – exhaustion and Saturday 10:00 to 2:00. There are some Santa collectable figures in their cases. Lots of dishes, kitchen items suitable for someone setting up in an apartment, NICE house decorations, two glass topped patio tables and chairs, several new storm doors. Door handles and locks (new), an electric Ice cream freezer, lamps, and ????? Come out and see what you might need. Check out our web site http://www.mphabitat.com

If you know someone who might be interested in good sales, please pass along the information.

THANKS FOR SUPPORTING THE MOUNT PLEASANT CHAPTER OF HABITAT FOR HUMANITY. THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ALL SOLD AND ARE IN NEW HOMES. WE WILL BE HAVING ANOTHER GARAGE SALE IN THE FUTURE, SO WATCH OUR BLOG FOR DATES AND DETAILS! THANKS, AGAIN!