Habitat for Humanity helps another family

SALEM – The Habitat for Humanity of Northern Columbiana County presented the keys to its 17th house in Salem and 34th overall on Sunday.

The house is located at 808 East Fourth St. and is a “recycled house” meaning it is a Habitat house whose original family fell out of partnership with HFHNCC.

The house was updated and a new partner family of Judy Bricker and her sons, Elijah, Bryan and Canaan moved in after a dedication ceremony.

The house is a three-bedroom, split-level design chosen eight years ago because of the small lot size.

It has a living room, kitchen, laundry room and one bathroom the update included new floor coverings, light fixtures and a fresh coat of paint.

Bricker said she talked with neighbors.

“I think it’s a very nice neighborhood. I met some of the people. It’s very nice. It’s close to the high school. I have one more in high school,” she said.

The Winona Friends Church contributed a day of labor removing old landscaping and in the spring, Habitat will complete the work with new plantings.

University of Mount Union students volunteered on Martin Luther King Jr.’s Day to paint a fence that will be used for the final landscaping.

The family contributed more than 250 hours of volunteer work, called sweat equity, first to another family’s home and then to the completion of their own home.

Habitat board President Roger Converse welcomed friends, relatives and volunteer builders while presenting the family with a Bible during Sunday’s ceremony.

The family was presented to those attending by Diana Tenzek, member of the family selection committee and the Bricker family’s advocate. Board member Mickey Buck, a regular builder at the house, presented house keys to Bricker. Board member and Pastor Janice Strawn, a family friend, led volunteers, friends and family in the traditional blessing of the house. Marcia Hazel of the selection committee presented the family with a home owner’s manual.

The Habitat for Humanity is a United Way agency and a non-profit worldwide Christian ministry that believes everyone should have a decent place to live.

Partner families are chosen in an application process. Applications are being accepted now for future homes. Interested families should visit the Habitat office at 468 Prospect Street, Salem, or call 330-337-1003.

The homes are not free and partner families pay a mortgage which is held by Habitat for Humanity. Partner families also pay property taxes and home owners insurance. What makes the homes affordable is that no profit is made on the house that is built and Habitat does not charge interest on the loan.