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Belleville News Democrat February 22, 2011 article about Kurt & Brenda Warner helping to furnish a South Roxana home built by the Wood River Area Chapter of the Lewis & Clark Habitat for Humanity.

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Suburban Journal Article - see more of their articles here

Habitat for Humanity opens ReStore in downtown Collinsville

By Mike Terry
Thursday, September 18, 2008 8:26 AM CDT

For every new subdivision or home that pops up in the local area, several loads of unused building materials are often tossed out.

In fact, according to estimates by organizers for Habitat for Humanity, for every million people, approximately 250 houses' worth of materials are thrown into landfills by contractors, manufacturers, stores and construction companies.

That realization was one of the main motivations in September 1992, when Habitat opened its first ReStore in Austin, Texas. The store's purpose was to be a donation location for building items that have been overstocked, discontinued or simply unused - that can then be recycled and sold at discounted rates to those needing more affordable materials, or used in the construction of Habitat projects.

With a growing Habitat chapter, Collinsville saw the grand opening of its very own ReStore on Saturday morning. Located at 101 E. Clay St., the facility is already stocked with everything from stain, varnish and windows to doors, countertops and furniture.

"It's open to the public," said Habitat Chairperson Tammy Bobka. "And everything here is anywhere from 25 percent to 80 percent off."

While the prices are nice for anyone looking to make their home repair project more affordable, Bobka was quick to point out how the ReStore is also a great opportunity for residents and business owners to show their generosity to others in need.

"We are looking for monetary or material donations and volunteers," said Bobka. "It can come from individuals or corporate donors."

The Collinsville Habitat for Humanity chapter was organized in 2002 and with help from hundreds of volunteers has already built two homes on South Chestnut Street, both for single mothers.

According to Bobka, the chapter is currently early in the process for its next construction project on Black Lane in State Park Place, where the current home must be torn down before a new one can be built.

The organization is also on the lookout for a family for the new home from within the Collinsville School District. Recipients of a home from Habitat for Humanity must have the ability to repay a mortgage (interest free) and must contribute at least 400 hours of "sweat equity" hours to the project.

Potential families can obtain an application by attending a one-hour orientation session at Meadow Heights Baptist Church in Collinsville next month. Sessions will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on Oct. 12, and from 7 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 14. Applicants also must show their need by currently living in substandard housing.

The new ReStore will be open Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To contact Habitat for Humanity, call the ReStore at 223-1711 or Bobka at 604-8371.

COLLINSVILLE HERALD - see more of their articles here

Habitat dedicates home for single mother and her children

By Mike Terry
Sunday, August 12, 2007 12:09 AM CDT

 Mike Terry photo - Following a year of hard work, the Collinsville Chapter of Habitat for Humanity held a "house blessing" to dedicate the newly constructed home for one appreciative family. Single mother Joanne Chancey will be moving into the house at South Chestnut with her three children (from left) Kayla, Heather and Courtney.
Almost every weekend for the last year, a brand-new team could be seen putting time in at 400 S. Chestnut St. in Collinsville.

Some Saturdays, masses of church volunteers were found busily hammering nails or putting up white vinyl siding. Other times, the construction crew included local Boy Scout troops with their brushes and paint rollers.

Now, thanks to those combined efforts of an entire community and the Habitat for Humanity, one family of four was finally able to close the door of a one-bedroom apartment and move into a home of its own.On Tuesday, the Habitat's Collinsville chapter held a "house blessing" ceremony to officially welcome Joanne Chancey and her three young daughters -- Heather, Courtney and Kayla -- into their brand-new house.

Although the project has been in the works for a full year, the single mother had a hard time fighting back tears while thanking all the people that volunteered their time.

"This is just awesome," she said, hugging her daughters. "Now we can make new memories and have a place that is ours forever."

It took an estimated 100 to 150 volunteers from all parts of the area to finish the building, including almost every athletic team from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and soldiers from Scott Air Force Base. Businesses such as Vallow Floor Covering also contributed heavily by donating things like carpeting to the project.

Even more amazing is that the majority of volunteers had little to no experience in the field of construction and usually relied simply on following the direction of the few who did.

"It's exciting to see it all come together," said Tammy Bobka, fund-raising chairperson for the Collinsville chapter.

The completed home is approximately 900 square feet with three bedrooms and a basement and is appraised at around $120,000. Everything is also handicap accessible and set up in a fashion to maximize the available space.

Tuesday's ceremony saw appearances from Habitat's various directors and officers, as well as Collinsville Mayor Stan Schaeffer and various members of the City Council. As tradition with the Habitat projects, Alderman Nancy Moss presented the family with a Bible to keep in the home.

According to Habitat President Roger Marcott, the motto of Habitat for Humanity is "a hand up, not a handout," and any home recipient is required to help in the building process in what are called "sweat equity hours."

The Chancey home is the second completed by the Collinsville chapter, which was organized in 2002. Both homes are located on the same lot, which Habitat purchased after a fire burned down the previous home.

Kara Smith and her two children, Mariah and Andrew, were the first home recipients a few years ago.

According to Bobka, the next project for the Collinsville chapter will be a "re-store" which runs on donations from contractors and helps the organization keep operating with a consistent cash flow. The store will sell building construction materials, furniture, windows and other items inexpensively, with all proceeds going to the organization.

Habitat for Humanity is always open to accepting monetary and material donations, and is constantly on the lookout for people willing to donate time and labor, regardless of how much or little experience they have in construction.

It normally takes about $55,000 in cash to start a project, with the rest coming from donated materials and volunteer hours.

More information on the Habitat for Humanity can be found by calling 604-8371 or visiting www.lchabitat.org.

E-mail: mterry@yourjournal.com

EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER - see more of their articles here

By ANN NICCUM, aniccum@theintelligencer.com, 10/17/2006

Call goes to Habitat for Humanity
The Edwardsville Rotary Club has partnered with the local Lewis and Clark Habitat for Humanity Wood River Area Chapter to build a new home for an Edwardsville family.
Edwardsville Rotary Community Service Director John Motley said the Rotary Club is a service organization that is always looking for projects and to help others. He said the group thought Habitat for Humanity was an excellent opportunity for the club to help the local community.

"We decided that this would be a good project," he said.

Lewis and Clark Habitat for Humanity Wood River Area Chapter Chairman Mark Allison said the Lewis and Clark Habitat for Humanity affiliate has five chapters, in Wood River, Piasa (Alton), Collinsville, Highland and Bond County.

He said since there is not currently a Habitat chapter in Edwardsville, the Wood River Area Chapter was selected to work with the Edwardsville Rotary.

"The Wood River Area chapter has completed homes in East Alton, South Roxana, Wood River and is currently building a house on Linton Street in Wood River," he said.

Habitat for Humanity Wood River Area Chapter Family Selection Chairperson Patti Anderson said she was excited about the habitat project partnership with the Rotary which is comprised of local business members.

Anderson said the Rotary played a major role in getting the home project together.

She explained that Rotary donated the money needed for the project.

"They are the biggest angle of the home," she said.

She added that this is Habitat for Humanity's first home in Edwardsville.

"We have never built a home in Edwardsville before," she said.

Allison explained the Rotary is providing the backbone for the project.

"The Edwardsville Rotary is supporting the Habitat house build in Edwardsville with a generous donation of services and materials to build the house: an individual to donate a building lot, lots of individuals to participate in the family selection committee, an architect Rotary member to provide the house plans, individuals to participate on the construction committee and plans for the Rotary members to participate in the hands-on construction of the house when we start," Allison said.

In return, he added that Habitat for Humanity is providing support and guidance to the local service organization and helping it in its plan to make a sizeable donation to benefit the Edwardsville community by providing an opportunity for a family to become homeowners.

To start the process, Anderson said Habitat conducted an orientation about the process for families who would like to apply for the Habitat home.

"Thirty-two families attended orientation and we received 12 applications," she said.

She said in order to be eligible for the home, families need to have the ability to repay the loan and willing to partner with the program.

In addition, there are specific rules and qualifications that must be met by the family selected.

Then, the Family Selection Committee chooses a family for the new home.

The two organizations have announced that a family has been selected for this home. The family is Joe and Shannon Lautner and their three children: Sadie, 8, Joey, 6, and George, 3.

According to a press release, the Lautners are very excited to be working with Habitat. 

As part of the package, the Lautners will be required to work at least 400 hours on their new house. 

Edwardsville Rotary President Carrie Babington said the Rotary Club would like to thank the Wood River Habitat Chapter, especially Patti Anderson and Mark Allison, for their help and support because without their assistance, none of this would be possible. 

"I wish there was more than one house we could build," said Babington.

Moreover, the Rotary Club expressed that it is very excited for this opportunity to work with Wood River Habitat for Humanity and also to help the Lautner family build a wonderful and affordable home of their dreams.

Anderson added that now that a family has been selected, the architect will be coming up with a plan.

She said then the process to begin building will start immediately.

"The process will take about four to six months," Anderson said.

Anderson said that Habitat builds homes whenever it has the funding.

"We do it whenever we have money and always set goals."

Anderson said, "Habitat's mission is to eradicate poverty completely."

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit and non-denominational Christian housing ministry that enables people to build simple, decent, affordable houses for those who lack adequate shelter. 

Habitat houses are modestly sized, designed large enough to fit the family needs, but small enough to keep construction and maintenance costs to a minimum, according to the release.

Habitat for Humanity International was founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller.

According to the Habitat for Humanity International Web site, the organization has built more than 200,000 houses, sheltering more than 1 million people in more than 3,000 communities worldwide.

The Lewis and Clark Habitat for Humanity has completed 25 homes in the area, said Allison.

"It is the hope of the Lewis and Clark Habitat for Humanity that this house build will generate enough interest in the Edwardsville area for a Habitat for Humanity chapter to be formed and that this house will be the first of many to be built in the Edwardsville area." Allison said.

"The Lewis and Clark Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit housing organization that seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from Bond and Madison Counties, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner (partner) families. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit, financed with affordable, no-interest loans. The homeowners' monthly mortgage payments are used to build more Habitat houses," he said.

The Wood River Habitat for Humanity Chapter is part of the Lewis and Clark Habitat for Humanity area which serves Bond and Madison counties in Illinois by providing support to local chapters.

For more information about Habitat for Humanity, visit www.habitat.org/ or for more information about Rotary visit www.rotary.org/.

Edwardsville Intelligencer


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