Amelia Rivas believes in the power of prayer. Rivas prayed earnestly for a home and is the recipient of the most recent Habitat for Humanity home located at 106 Clearview Drive.
Rivas said she needed a home and she prayed to Jesus. “Jesus is my right hand,” said Rivas. “I asked him to reveal to me what to do. I saw this lot in my dream. I saw a sign in the grass and thought it was for sale. I came here the next day with a pencil and paper and wrote the name and number of the person selling it. It is a gift from the Lord. I blessed the house before it was built and dedicated it to the kingdom of God.”
The home is located close to Rivas’ church, St. Catherine’s Catholic. Rivas does not have family members in McMinnville but she said she considers the members of St. Catherine’s her family.
Rivas has never owned a home before.
“This is my first and only. It going to be awesome!” she said.
The home includes three bedrooms and two bathrooms and sits on a beautiful large lot.
Rivas will live in the home with her chow mix dog, Yatima.
Habitat volunteer Donna Campbell said, “Ms. Amelia is one of the most deserving homeowners we have had. She has worked on many Habitat homes. She has also translated for us with the Hispanic community. She has never had a home of her own. She deserves this. I am so happy for her.”
Area church leaders and Habitat for Humanity volunteers gathered in the front yard of Rivas’ newly built home Saturday morning for a dedication and blessing ceremony for the 24th Habitat for Humanity home built in Warren County. The dedication included a candle-lighting ceremony, a Bible presentation, prayers and songs of praise.
This is the second Habitat for Humanity home to be built in McMinnville this summer. A home on Smith Street was dedicated at the end of June.
Habitat for Humanity homes include zero-interest loan for the financing, but the owner is required to make monthly mortgage payments which usually run around $300 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.
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.
Volunteer Diane 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 their sweat equity for their future home.
Applications can be picked up and returned at McMinnville Electric 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 the 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.