Area church partners with Habitat for Humanity

Recently, Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity received a donation.

“This generous donation of $3,500 will help support the Habitat homebuilding mission in our community and will also help with our new initiative, A Brush with Kindness,” said Ana White, home development coordinator for Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity. “That program seeks to assist low-income homeowners with minor repairs or maintenance that might otherwise be left undone,” she added.

Habitat board members Nancy Wentzler and Sandy Spiro had recently spent a day of service in the community working with Rusty Wolfinger, assistant pastor at Faith United Methodist Church of Montoursville where they discussed the Habitat mission in the Greater Lycoming Area.

“It’s because of them that we were able to start this conversation. It’s a natural fit for us to work with churches in our community to identify need in our service area,” said White. “We want to say thank you to Pastors Leland and Wolfinger for their commitment. We really appreciate both the financial support and this partnership that helps us reach out to those who need the help that Habitat can offer.”

Habitat homes are rehabilitated or built primarily with volunteers using money contributed by supporters. Through Habitat, good families are helped and the community at large benefits by the reduced presence of substandard housing.

Families go through a rigorous selection process that includes income verification to determine if they are credit worthy and financially responsible. Families who qualify for Habitat homes repay their mortgages over a 30-year period with no interest.

Adults in the household are required to provide 250 hours of sweat equity, with 100 hours spent working on their own home.

These are hard-working families with a real need, who work with volunteers not only to build homes but also to build strong relationships and give back to the communities where they live.

Habitat is looking forward to new projects on the schedule for the future. Groundbreaking for an addition to an already existing Habitat home on Linn Street in Newberry will begin soon.

A complete home build on Diamond Street, also in the Newberry section of the city, will commence immediately after the Linn Street addition is complete. Also, two home sites on Memorial Avenue in the city will be added to the schedule in 2014. That construction, at Memorial Avenue and Oliver Street, is part of the Brodart Neighborhood Improvement Program, a collaborative effort with Habitat; the city of Williamsport; STEP Inc., and Lycoming County.

Additional Habitat projects will be starting this summer through the new program, A Brush with Kindness, that will offer qualified homeowners help with exterior maintenance.

Homeowners in need of help with yard clean-up, landscaping or minor repairs should contact the Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity office for an application.

Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity serves Lycoming, Bradford, Tioga, and eastern Clinton counties.

For more information on how to volunteer or make a donation, visit www.lycoming or come to Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity’s offices at 540 Lycoming St. or call 322-2515. Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity can be found on Facebook.