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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Habitat does great job for many people

  • Last week, we featured a couple of stories about the latest Wayne County Habitat for Humanity house being constructed.
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  • Last week, we featured a couple of stories about the latest Wayne County Habitat for Humanity house being constructed.
    This house was a little different since in came in modular style with the use of trucks and a crane. Students at Johnson College in Scranton did the initial work on the house and then it was shipped to Honesdale for assembly and the rest of the construction.
    It's quite an undertaking and in a few months, a Wayne County family is going to be thrilled to live in their new home.
    What sometimes gets lost in the Habitat stories is the volunteers. That's what Habitat is all about. It's about local volunteer groups who work very hard to get housing to families who are very deserving.
    For the families, it's not just someone handing them a house. They have to do extensive background checks and have to be financially viable to pay back the loan. There is also a "sweat equity" requirement for the homeowners, meaning they have a part in the construction.
    Many times, many of us fail to stop and think about those who simply cannot afford to have a house. These are good folks who simply don't make a lot of money or who have fallen on hard times because of illness or other factors.
    That's when Habitat officials step in and allow people to become homeowners.
    That was the foundation for habitat when it was formed. But it was in 1984 when the organization gained a lot more attention. That's when former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn became active in Habitat.
    They continue to be the most high profile people involved with the organization.
    Some criticism has been leveled at the organization with some groups saying construction of the houses is not cost-effective. This has mainly come from ultra-conservative groups.
    They may have a point, however, does it really matter?
    Those groups argue the volunteer labor should be factored into the cost of the house.
    Why? These are volunteers and it's not costing anything for them to pound nails and haul roofing materials.
    It appears that Habitat has done many good things over the years and that continues to this day.
    Whether it's a family in Wayne County or helping rebuild the Gulf Coast, they are helping real people with real problems. It's hard to imagine anything bad coming out of the program.
    We must also say a big "thank you" to the local Wayne County chapter of Habitat for all of the work which they do year after year.
    These people don't have to dedicate their time and effort to this organization. They do it out of a passion for helping other human beings.
    Page 2 of 2 - That says something in itself. It takes people with broad thinking abilities and the willingness to help those less fortunate to do this kind of volunteer work. There isn't a lot of satisfaction which comes when you smash your thumb with a hammer, but they continue to do this work.
    Many local businesses, too, donate material and labor to the Habitat effort. That cannot be overlooked. Wayne County has many people who care about others and those businesses sometimes go unnoticed, but they are there and helping.
    We salute everyone who is and has been involved with the Wayne County chapter of Habitat. Your efforts are appreciated by many.
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