(Photo by Michelle Felter, Staff)
SIKESTON -- Habitat for Humanity is looking to the future.
As the featured speaker at Thursday's monthly Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce meeting, Jim Davis, on behalf of Sikeston's Habitat for Humanity, briefed members on the accomplishments of the first house and shared future goals.
"As you can see, we are very excited," said Davis, after a slideshow of photos from the first build, completed earlier this year, was played.
The second house will be built at 408 E. Center St. Dee Simmons and her two children were chosen from 48 applicants to be the house recipients, he said.
Davis stressed that Habitat is "a hand up, not a hand down." That means those who receive a house must meet certain requirements -- there are standard qualifications all must pass. The family must put in 350 hours of "sweat equity," make interest-free payments on the house, and complete financial training, as well as classes on how to take care of their home.
Davis also expressed appreciation to the city and businesses for helping make a dream of many people for several years become a reality.
"We heard many times it could not happen in Sikeston, would not happen in Sikeston," he said. "But we have the groundbreaking on our second home next month."
And next week, the organization plans to close on property for its third house, which is set to have ground broken in 2009. It is a location in the west part of town, he said.
"And we will accept any land donations (for future builds)," he said.
Davis said it was his wife, Karen's vision, that helped to bring Habitat for Humanity to Sikeston. Karen Davis is co-chair of the steering committee, along with Jackie Herndon.
The Sikeston group is an affiliate of Cape Girardeau's Habitat for Humanity, but Davis said members hope Sikeston becomes its own affiliate in the near future.
"Sikeston Habitat for Humanity is working with you to make Sikeston a better place to live, one family at a time," said Davis.
Anyone who wants to volunteer or make donations can call 471-6713, or mail donations to P.O. Box 211, Sikeston, MO 63801. Those interested in receiving next year's home can also apply now to the same contact information.
Jiggs Moore, parks and recreation director, gave out plaques from the 12th Corporate Games, held earlier this year. There were 14 total companies, including two new, which participated.
Overall winners were: Duckett Truck Center, which finished first; second-place went to Sikeston Public Schools; and the Southeast Correctional Center, which took home the third-place prize.
There was a tie between Alan Wire and Food Giant for the Team Spirit prize, and Bootheel Counseling Services was recognized for its sportsmanship.
Also at the meeting, Missy Marshall, executive director of the SACC, announced some upcoming events. They include:
The Cotton Carnival, which will be Sept. 23 through 27; the parade is Sept. 27. More information on the parade and lineup will be available on the SACC Web site, www.sikeston.net.
Retooling for Economic Change, set for 10 a.m. Oct. 3, at Southeast Missouri State University-Sikeston, is a one-day seminar providing essential tools for regional and local leaders to understand economic change. A registration form, with more information, is available on the SACC Web site.
The 14th Annual Halloween Window Painting Contest will be from 8 to 10 a.m. Oct. 18 in downtown Sikeston. More information and an entry form can be found on the site.