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Habitat for Humanity: Ground to be broken for second home construction

Sunday, November 2, 2008

SIKESTON -- Sikeston Habitat for Humanity will soon break ground for their second home -- and want you to be there.

"Habitat for Humanity is a wonderful thing for our community," said Kathy Hux, chair of development and public relations for Sikeston Habitat for Humanity. "We're starting our second home and I think it is something that all of Sikeston would like to celebrate." The groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for 9 a.m. Nov. 8 on the lot for the home at 408 East Center.

"It's directly across from the Board of Municipal Utilities building," Herndon said. "It was an LCRA lot; they have been very helpful in providing us with locations and different lots to look at. The city has been very helpful to us in many ways on this whole project."

While the first groundbreaking for a Habitat home here was attended by several dignitaries, Habitat officials are hoping members of the public accept their invitation to this groundbreaking as well.

"We would encourage all of Sikeston to help us break ground," Hux said.

Terry Bryant, construction manager for this project, said he will be getting required permits and concrete beginning next week and will be ready to begin construction on or before the groundbreaking day.

"We've had a huge response for volunteers in the community, Everybody I've talked to can't wait until they can volunteer and start work. We've got a lot of volunteers lined up," Bryant said. "There's going to be a lot of different opportunities for people to help -- I wouldn't discourage anybody who would like to help."

"We encourage anybody who would be interested in actually working on the home to be a volunteer in these next few months. We always need volunteers and would like anyone interested in helping to please contact us," Hux said. "We've been very fortunate - we have a number of Sikeston businesses that have been great supporters with their contributions not only with their monetary contributions but also with their volunteers to help build the home."

Bryant said he will schedule volunteers "so they can do the things they want to do and what they feel comfortable doing."

"We do it mainly on the weekends," Hux said of construction. "There's very little during the week. Our first build was mainly on the weekends."

The project is expected to take about three months to complete, according to Bryant. "In the winter time it's a little bit more difficult to get a building up so it could be four months," he said.

A recipient for the home will be announced once the selection of the family is finalized.

"That would be probably closer to the dedication of the home," Hux said. "We do have a family in mind -- there were a couple who qualified."

"We're excited and encouraged in beginning our second home here in Sikeston," Herndon said. "We have had a good response from the community."

Donations may be sent to: Habitat for Humanity, PO Box 211, Sikeston, MO 63801.