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Henry County Habitat for Humanity began 27th build Saturday

GTNS photo by Gretchen Teske

Adrienne Boyd, of Mt. Pleasant, leans on the walls of her home during the construction phase on Saturday, June 1. By Christmas, Boyd will be the proud new owner of a home courtesy of Henry County Habitat for Humanity.
GTNS photo by Gretchen Teske Adrienne Boyd, of Mt. Pleasant, leans on the walls of her home during the construction phase on Saturday, June 1. By Christmas, Boyd will be the proud new owner of a home courtesy of Henry County Habitat for Humanity.
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After months of waiting and hoping, Adrienne Boyd finally got to see her future home begin to take shape on Saturday, June 1. By Christmas, Boyd will be the proud inhabitant of Henry County Habitat for Humanity’s 27th home.

Boyd, a Mt. Pleasant resident, said she applied for the program about five months ago and spent the remainder of that time stressing over whether or not she would qualify for a new build. She said the day she found out she was going to get a brand-new, three-bedroom house, she almost couldn’t believe it.

“I could have fainted,” she said.

Having never owned a home before, Boyd said she is excited to be getting a brand-new one she will share with her two children and is looking forward to celebrating birthdays and holidays, as well as getting to put her own touches, such as a garden, on the home.

Lisa Diener, president of Henry County Habitat for Humanity, said the organization first started in Henry County in 1994 and built the first house in 1996. Since then, they have continued to build one house ever year for a deserving homeowner.

On Saturday, 22 volunteers showed up to help begin construction on the home, located in the 400 block of South Main Street in Mt. Pleasant. Diener said having a large crowd helping out helped make the process go by faster and showed just how strong a community Mt. Pleasant is.

“The ability for the community or the neighbors to give back, it definitely shows we’re supportive and willing to help each other,” she said. “Some people just want something to do as a way to give back to the community and I think it’s fabulous. We’re all for improving this area as far as what people look at when they look out their windows.”

Diener said there are many ways to volunteer, from helping with construction to providing water and lunch for volunteers. One volunteer helping with construction was Jennifer Wharton, of Mt. Pleasant.

Wharton, who recently moved to the Mt. Pleasant area, has been involved in Habitat for Humanity builds for nine years. She said as soon as she found out there was a group in town, she knew she wanted to join.

Meeting new people and learning new skills are two of her favorite parts of volunteering. She said the welcoming environment keeps her wanting to come back and continue to help with builds.

“The skills you learn here you can apply if you have a house or maybe an apartment just to fix little things and there’s really nice people here,” she said. “It’s cool to see that these people signed up and they’re actually here and volunteering their time and they’re excited in the community. I didn’t know what to expect when I came here today, but I’m very pleased.”

Anyone wishing to volunteer may contact Lisa Diener at: 319-931-0656 or HCHHINIA@yahoo.com.