Nov. 27, 2012. Winter arrived early in Avery County this year, with Beech Mountain receiving more than a foot of snowfall in late October and Ski Sugar opening on Oct. 31, the earliest date in its 43 year history. In preparation for the impending winter, Avery County Habitat for Humanity will have placed three partner families in warm, energy efficient homes in 2012. ACHH celebrates this success, but recognizes that they have five additional families approved and awaiting the construction of their homes and five more applications in process.
A very Habitat’s Board of Directors recently approved a new partner family. The family lives in a trailer with deteriorating floors, no underpinning and no water or sewer. An extension cord from a neighbors’ house powers thier refrigerator because their trailer will not pass an inspection to have its own electricity. Kerosene provides heat, but for only two rooms of the trailer. The family also has partial custody of a 10-year-old relative.
Both adults in the family have steady employment, with the father being employed by the same company for more than four years. He also serves his community as a volunteer fireman. The mother holds two jobs. One of which she has held for more than five years, and she is a volunteer EMT. She is also known for bringing the community’s children to their local worship services. The family have roots in Avery County and own the land on which their trailer sits, but do not qualify for a traditional mortgage or construction loan.
The family embodies just one set of circumstances affecting an approved Habitat partner family, while many more exist. Habitat for Humanity is dependent on the donations of others. Their volunteer labor, in-kind donations and zero percent interest rates keep mortgage payments low, thus making homeownership possible for their families.
To transform the lives of their upcoming 10 families, Habitat for Humanity needs financial support. They ask for your help to serve more families in 2013 with your contribution.
For more information, call 828-733-1909 or visit www.averycohfh.org