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Habitat for Humanity and homeowner celebrate mortgage payoff with a note burning


Messenger Staff

 The Meade County Habitat for Humanity board and one of their home-owning partners recently met for a note burning to celebrate the homeowner paying off their home. During the ceremony, former and current board members, along with the homeowner, spoke about the partnership they formed in 1997 when this house was built as the second home that MC Habitat had built.

 “Meade County Habitat for Humanity would like to congratulate one of our home-owning partners on the incredible achievement of paying off their home. It was our pleasure to serve their family throughout the years, and we pray for their continued personal and financial success. It is an honor to serve Meade County homeowners, and we look forward to assisting others achieve similar success in the future,” MC Habitat Vice President Nik Powers said.

 Brandenburg Mayor Ronnie Joyner, a former president and current director on the Habitat board, said that a couple of the nuns at St. John’s Catholic Church got together and came up with the idea of Meade County having a Habitat affiliate back in 1991. He came on board in 1992.

 “I think in ’94 we built our first house. It went really good,” Joyner said. “This is the result of Habitat for Humanity in Meade County. We are putting people in houses—one house at a time.”

 Joyner said there are three things with Habitat homes and homeowners that have to happen: there has to be a need, there has to be a willingness to partner with Habitat, and the applicant has to be capable of repaying the mortgage through an affordable payment plan.

 Since that time, there have been 11 home partnerships with the organization and Meade Countians. Former board member and member of the selection committee that started this partnership with the homeowner over twenty years ago, Brian Claycomb, stated, “It’s not a handout; it’s a helping hand.” He said that, despite the zero percent interest offered on the home mortgage, some people are reluctant to partner with Habitat.

 The current board consists of: Tyson Ford, President; Nik Powers, Vice President; Amy Haynes, Treasurer; Ann Barr, Secretary; Ronnie Joyner, Director; Charlotte Shepard, Director; Judy Jordan, Director.

 President Tyson Ford says that they have two lots on Mucker Road and hope to begin construction next spring on the next Habitat for Humanity home.