Local Habitat for Humanity Celebrates 70th Home

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JEFFERSON CITY - Habitat for Humanity River City is to celebrate its newest completed project Wednesday--the 70th local home it has built. The program will have the open house from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at 819 Clark Avenue.

The project took about a year to complete.  Nine sponsors donated money and labor to help make the home a reality, including the Knights of Columbia, Jude Markway Construction and Stark Construction Services.

"Knights of Columbia here in town sponsored this house in terms of their labor and gave almost a full year of their Saturdays and extra days during the week to make sure we got this house done," Executive Director Kelly Smith said. 

Smith said Habitat for Humanity is "a hand up, not a hand out."  The homes are not free for families, but made more affordable with low interest rates and "swet equity," work done on the homes by the future owners.

During the open house, local residents toured the home and got a chance to check out the finished product.  There was also a slide show being shown of a year's worth of construction on the project.  Some of the sponsors also came to the open house to celebrate the accomplishment.

The open house preceded the home's dedication and BBQ reception.

The home was officially sold Wednesday to a local family.  Stephanie Thompson of Jefferson City is the new owner and says it all doesn't seem real yet.  

Her and her family will be moving into their new home Thursday.

Habitat for Humanity River City hopes to sell three more homes by the end of the year.