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Habitat gives the gift of safety & security, just in time for Christmas

POSTED December 23, 2011 8:44 a.m.

Habitat for Humanity of Barton County would like to announce that its board of directors has officially approved a recommendation from its family selection committee for its next partner family. There were numerous applications received from area families for the home being constructed near 19th & Hubbard in Great Bend. And one of those applicants is receiving one of the greatest Christmas gifts a person can get. “We think the timing on this announcement couldn’t be better,” says Habitat President Rachel Mawhirter. “What better gift than the safety and security of a new home.”
The local chapter of Habitat for Humanity has built a total of five homes in Barton County since it was formed. The first home was constructed in Hoisington following the disastrous tornado in 2001. The remaining four homes have been built in Great Bend, including the current construction project. “Progress on construction is on hold for the time being until the new partner family is publicly introduced, as they need to put in sweat equity hours on the home,” Mawhirter says. “We’re planning to resume construction on February 4th, so volunteers are always being recruited.”
The new partner family, who will be purchasing the new home from Habitat for Humanity on a 30-year interest free loan, will be formally introduced during the non-profit organization’s annual “Barton County’s Got Talent” dinner theater fundraiser on Saturday, January 21st. Tickets are on sale now for the fundraiser and can be acquired from any Habitat board member or from the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce, 1125 Williams in Great Bend. For more information or to get tickets and be part of the first group to meet the new partner family, e-mail habitatbartoncounty@hotmail.com or call 620-786-4896.

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