Habitat dedicates 20th house in 20 years

Habitat dedicates 20th house in 20 years

Habitat dedicates 20th house in 20 years

By Michelle Charles
Journal Staff Writer

Stillwater’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity celebrated its 20th anniversary by completing its 20th home.

Habitat volunteers, friends and family turned out to help the Purcell-Reed family celebrate the dedication of their new home.

The entire family contributed toward the 300 hours of sweat equity required to receive a house from Habitat.

Brooke Purcell, the mother worked in the Habitat ReStore while her spouse Tracy Reed and their 14 year old sons worked on the construction site every Saturday.

The boys helped with jobs like spreading mulch, removing concrete forms and painting fascia board.

Even seven year old Kaiden Purcell-Reed helped by making thank you cards from construction paper and markers for the ReStore to send to its donors.

Their home was started as part of Habitat’s Women Build event, during which all-female crews learn how to frame a house.

The family went through an approval process and will buy the house at cost through a 20 year, interestfree mortgage carried by Habitat for Humanity.

Their mortgage payments will be used to help build more homes.

“Habitat for Humanity partners with low income people to give them the opportunity to own simple, decent, affordable housing,” Executive Director Jodi Taylor said. “Habitat’s goal is to develop successful homeowners.”