The Neosho Habitat for Humanity is seeking applicants for a new home.
“We are seeking a new Habitat family to partner with us. They can get more information by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org and requesting an application or they may pick up an application from Newton County Abstract & Title at 107 W. Main, Neosho,” said Mary Beth Williams, Neosho Habitat for Humanity president. “Our next home will be built on the north end of Young Street and we will break ground once we have a new family.”
Habitat for Humanity is a Christian-based, non-profit organization that seeks to eliminate poverty housing and builds homes alongside our partner families who become homeowners. The local chapter was organized in 1993.
“We have built 11 new homes and have refurbished one. The one is located in Goodman,” she said.
There are some qualifications for a new homeowner.
“One of the qualifications for becoming a Habitat homeowner is being within an income guideline,” Williams said. “Show a need for better housing, live in the Neosho area for at least one year, and are willing to partner with us in the process by completing ‘sweat equity’ hours. Once the family’s hours are complete, they can move into their new, well-built, energy efficient home. Our houses are sold to the partner families at no-profit, 0 percent interest, no down payment, and set at a 20-year mortgage.”
Williams was asked some questions about her years on the Habitat board.
NDN: Habitat has helped a lot of people over the years, as president, how honored are you for the people to get a home?
Williams: The year 2014 will be the beginning of my sixth year on the Habitat board. I have served as president for the 2013 term and I have taken on the role as the 2014 president as well. In the past five years, I have worked on two homes that were built. We started on our 11th home in 2010 and it was finished in March of 2012, and at that time I was vice president. We broke ground on the (Kyle and Whittney) Marshall’s house in October 2012 and didn't get started with the actual build until May 2013. This year, the board chose to contract a general contractor to oversee the project and it was finished much faster with his help. My goal when I came into the president’s position, was to get the Marshalls in their new home before Christmas, and with much help from many volunteers that goal was accomplished. It took a team effort and we made it happen. Being a volunteer and working with Habitat is very gratifying and humbling. I’m happy that I’m able to work on something that changes the lives of people.
This will be Williams last year on the Habitat for Humanity board. Habitat has a six-year-term limit. It is a requirement to go off of the board for at least one year.
NDN: Where do you see Habitat in Neosho in the next five years?
Williams: I hope to see Habitat with fresh young faces on the board in five years. While most of our board members are in their mid-40s and older, it would be nice to see younger people getting involved in the community and changing peoples’ lives.