December 19-- Habitat for Humanity is being rejuvenated in Vidalia. It's been three years since a "Habitat" house was built in Vidalia, but a new board of directors chaired by David Parker has plans to start a new house in January.
"We're getting ready to start a new house on January 12 and after that we have several houses that are in the offing, so we're looking forward to getting cranked up and going again," he said.
Habitat for Humanity originally started in Vidalia in 1991, "Since then we've had eleven houses that have been built. We have eight homeowners who are still active and we have three who have completed the transaction and own their homes free and clear," Parker noted.
David Parker, left, and Habitat Board Member Jimmy Kirby announced the building plans at the Vidalia Rotary Club.
The new house will be built at the corner of Roosevelt Street and 12th Avenue.
"It's designed from its original beginnings to be a partnership. In that respect, we don't give a free home. The homeowner has bought into the idea of partnering with us. They volunteer their time to help us build the home and maybe for somebody else's house as well. We spread the mortgage over about 20 years, but we don't have an interest rate on it. It's affordable for most people and that's what it's designed to be, a partnership," he said.
Right now Habitat needs local volunteers to give time and effort to help build the house, "We need donations of any kind, but right now we're just looking for volunteers. It doesn't matter if you've never held a hammer because there are plenty of things we can use help with. We just need volunteers to get the house built and it's really fulfilling. It just makes you feel good to know you're helping other people," Parker said.