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Habitat honors Woodiel, selects new board members
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Neil “Woody” Woodiel has left his print on every Habitat for Humanity house built in Warren County.
“I have worked on all of them since Habitat’s inception 15 years ago,” said Woodiel. “I’m stepping down from the board, but I will still work on all the homes. I’ll never leave. I’ll always be there. I am the gopher. If we get to the site and we need something, I am usually the one who gets in my truck to go get it.”
Woodiel said, “We have placed 50 adults and 150 kids in goods housing. That is a good mark for you wherever they make the marks.”
Woodiel said one thing he had to learn is the homes built by Habitat for Humanity volunteers are not theirs. “The house belongs to a higher authority. We are just instructed to build it. It is great to put people in them, but the greatest thing to me is seeing as many as 28 different churches working on them at a time,” said Woodiel.
Habitat board member Diane Stanley said 50 different volunteer organizations work on the homes.
“Churches, school-related groups like JROTC, ball teams and school service organizations help us a lot. We welcome anybody coming and helping, especially people with skills who would like to come and volunteer,” said Stanley. “We will be building two homes this year. Our 25th house will be located on Estridge Street and construction will begin March 8.”
Stanley said the home should be ready to be dedicated in the summer.
Habitat president Steve Koelbl said, “We need good partner families for 2015. We like to get them ahead so they can work on other people’s homes.”
Stanley said, “It is hard to find people. The loans are interest free but they have to work on the houses.”
If you would like to own your own home – and don’t mind working with a hammer and nails – candidates are being sought for future Habitat for Humanity homes.
Habitat for Humanity homes include a zero-interest loan for the financing, but the owner is required to make monthly mortgage payments which usually run between $275 to $350. Habitat homeowners must also provide 500 hours of sweat equity, meaning they help build their home and they will help build other Habitat homes.
Stanley said the next two Habitat for Humanity recipients have been chosen, but the organization would like to approve more people so those people can work toward their sweat equity.
Applications can be picked up and returned to McMinnville Electric System located at 200 West Morford Street.
Habitat for Humanity homes are built with contributed materials, money and volunteer labor. Completed houses are sold and financed over 20 to 30 years interest free. Monthly house payments are then used to finance construction of more houses.
Homeowners are selected based on a number of criteria such as income, their present living conditions, and their ability to pay for the house. Family meetings are required on various topics including finances, insurance, home maintenance, utilities and closing procedures.
The sweat equity hours that are required allow families to become involved in building their home and gives them a responsibility in becoming a homeowner.
For more information, call 668-9359.