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!

Deck Almost Done

July the 8th and 15th saw a hard working group of men putting the fascia boards and decking  on our current Habitat house.  It took muscle, lots of energy, and sweat, but the deck is almost done.

Nisha Miller led a crew of women welding shovels in shifting mounds of dirt and concrete making the path around the house smother and safer for all the workers. Dayna spent most of the day in a hot trailer organizing tools and supplies. Having this house in the dry is a light at the end of a tunnel.

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    Volunteers Needed

Mount Pleasant Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers, either single or groups, to prepare and serve a light meal each workday.  Pizza or sandwiches are appreciated by these dedicated workers. Perhaps your club, Sunday School class, or family would like to take on this job one Saturday.  If so please contact Jaletta Farmer at the Habitat office to schedule a Saturday that will work for you. (903) 575 1225

Roofing of Habitat House

Saturday July 8th, will be decking day, or the day decking is put on the roof of our latest house on East Ninth street.  Come out and help for a couple of hours or more.  A light lunch will be served.  Work starts at 8:00 and continues till ??????  Everyone welcome.DSC03387