HOPKINS COUNTY, KY—Around 40 people, including the Jones family and their daughter’s entire class from West Broadway Elementary, came together today, December 3rd, to celebrate our local Habitat For Humanity’s 50th home dedication.
Held within the warm, newly finished home—which is located at 137 South Spring St. in Madisonville—the event offered food, refreshments, and brief speeches from several people involved with the 50th home, such as members of Habitat For Humanity, Minister Brad Payne, the Jones family, and more.
In particular, Doug Walsh, the President of Hopkins County’s Habitat For Humanity organization, congratulated the Jones family, thanked those who donated both time and money to the home, and went on to say how happy our local Habitat For Humanity is to have reached their $50,000 fundraising goal this year.
“To me, reaching our fundraising goals and seeing how much support we have in the community means that another 50 homes are on their way,” said Walsh. “We actually have 2 foundations in Earlington and 3 foundations in Madisonville that are currently under construction.” In addition, Walsh mentioned that the property for the 50th home was donated by the City of Madisonville, which he believes is a good sign for future city support. He also mentioned that all of the furniture within the home was donated by a generous local citizen who is interested in providing furniture for other upcoming projects.
Following a speech, prayer, and bible presentation from the Jones’ Minister, Brad Payne, the Jones family—composed of Jeff, Sheila, Kaleb, Josh, Laura, and Sam—headed to the front of the crowd and accepted the keys to their new home amid joyous emotions and applause.
“I just want to thank Habitat For Humanity, our community, my family, our friends, Landmark Construction, all the volunteers, and everyone that donated their time, money, materials, and prayers,” said Sheila. “We’ve been working on this house for 2 years and we’re so happy for everything.”
Habitat’s Executive Director, Heath Duncan, presented the family with a shadow box as well, which will hold a flag presented to the Jones by Congressman Ed Whitfield at Habitat’s Celebration Dinner.
Though the 50th Habitat Home celebration and open house was a huge milestone for the organization, making it all the way to a “100 homes built celebration” requires the support of our community. With this in mind, Habitat For Humanity is seeking support in the form of both volunteers and monetary donations all year around, so if you would like to get involved with a great community-based organization, give them a call at (270) 825-1565 or pay them a visit at 43 South Daves St. in Madisonville. Additionally, you may also send inquires or donations to Habitat For Humanity by mail at PO Box 47, Madisonville, KY 42431.
To view Hopkins County’s Habitat For Humanity website, click the following address: http://www.hopkinscountyhabitat.org/index.html.
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