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you eat, you qualify’
program is a good deal
16, 2001] Thirty
to 40 Lincoln families are enrolled in the SHARE program in central
Illinois. SHARE is not just a local organization
250,000 families a
month in 17 different states are involved in this co-op program.
Self-Help And Resources Exchange (SHARE) is not another governmental
handout; rather it is a cooperative effort between various individuals
and families to buy food at bulk rates and divide the purchase between
participants. Volunteers drive all over Illinois to pick up groceries from
food warehouses and distributors.
decide each month how many portions they will purchase.
Each portion costs just $15 a month — and January’s
portions were worth $28.05 in a grocery store!
Of the dues, $14 purchases food and $1 pays for transportation.
slogan is, “If you eat, you qualify.”
No maximum or minimum income is required.
John Sutton, Lincoln SHARE coordinator, and the regular Lincoln
volunteers, such as Marion Smith and Jean Garner, agree that there is
room for many more individuals and families to participate in the
stressed two qualities of SHARE:
(1) This is a non-governmental self-help program, and (2)
it’s a good deal! Garner
appreciates that there are no income guidelines, the pick-up times are
after working hours for most individuals, and the program helps a lot
are asked to help unload, sort and reload SHARE portions on
distribution days. They
are also encouraged to do two hours of community service sometime in
the month. This may be
anything from calling on shut-ins to working for an hour or two on
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Taylor picks up her box of groceries as director John Sutton stands
ready to help the next participant.]
Saul from the Courier Corps, sitting, assists with orders.]
Garner and John Sutton pack boxes with good stuff.]
friend of Smith asked her to help with SHARE, and she’s been
volunteering since the request. Garner has been volunteering for
a little over a year. She became involved through her
Smith said that each month, SHARE participants get fruits, veggies and
meats. This month, they will purchase chicken, fish, boneless
pork chops, maybe bacon or sausage, flour tortillas, apples and
oranges, potatoes, and five or six other in-season fruits and
vegetables. In addition to these food items, participants may
purchase 2.75-pound boneless rib-eye roasts for $7.50 apiece.
this sounds like a program you would like to join, please stop by at
the next distribution, and you can observe firsthand how the co-op
works. The next distribution will be on Friday, Feb. 23, from 4
to 5:30 p.m. at St. John United Church of Christ in Lincoln. The
church is located at 204 Seventh St. At this distribution you
may sign up for next month’s SHARE and pick up a list of future
SHARE deadlines and distributions.
you have any questions about SHARE or cannot stop in on the 23rd,
please call 735-2626. The orders for March must be in by March
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Habitat homeowner enthusiastic
10, 2001] "I’m
extremely excited. I never could have been able to actually buy a
house at this point in my life," exults Cheryl Mittelsteadt, the
future owner of the next Habitat for Humanity house, the first to be
built in Mount Pulaski.
has already begun collecting articles for a scrapbook on her new home
from tear-down of the previous house to the day she moves in.
"After all those years of paying rent, now I will be building
equity," she said of the transition from duplex renter to
homeowner. "I’m not throwing my money away, because eventually
it will be mine."
kids are excited because they are getting their own rooms," she
continued. "They share one now." Mittelsteadt is the single
mother of two sons. James Thomas, called J.T., is a second grader who
loves video games, computers, Legos and drawing. Austin, who attends
kindergarten, enjoys dinosaurs, Legos and the family cat, Ethan.
new home won’t come free. Following Habitat for Humanity policy, she
must work 250 hours on Habitat houses. Working Saturdays since October
2000, she has already spent 100 hours at the house under construction
at 316 Sherman St. in Lincoln. Her tasks have included spackling,
hanging siding and dry wall, and stamping ceilings.
says she has become adept at using the drywall gun to countersink
stamping involves making a pattern in taping compound on the ceiling.
She described the tool she uses as "basically a big broomstick
with a block of wood and two brushes at the ends," which she
randomly twists on the ceiling to form the pattern.
I came, I didn’t know anything about construction,"
Mittelsteadt admits, "but the volunteers are great. They have a
lot of patience. All the guys do around here."
Dahmm, president of Habitat for Humanity of Logan County, praised
Mittelsteadt’s energy. "Most of the time the one who will get
the next house doesn’t work on the current one," he said,
"so Cheryl is way ahead of the game."
addition to working 250 hours per adult, buyers of Habitat for
Humanity homes must pay $500 down plus 20 years of payments on an
interest-free contract for deed amounting to 70 percent of the house’s
assessed valuation. A second mortgage covering the other 30 percent is
gradually forgiven over the 20 years. Mittelsteadt expects her
payments to be about the same as her current rent.
prospective Habitat homeowner first fills out an application form. The
applicant cannot previously have owned a home and must be unable to
get a loan from a financial institution. Next comes a mandatory
orientation meeting and a security check. Since no government money is
involved, at least one member of the household must have a full-time
job, enabling him or her to make the monthly payments.
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works as a negotiator for Blue Cross Blue Shield in Springfield. Her
job is to confer with other insurance companies and attorneys to be
sure Blue Cross Blue Shield is reimbursed for losses for situations in
which the other party is at fault.
raised in Mount Pulaski, Mittelsteadt married in 1991 and divorced in
1997. In December 1997 she earned an associate’s degree in business
administration from Robert Morris College. The legal secretarial
course was her minor.
whole family is involved in working toward her new home. While she is
volunteering, J.T. and Austin are cared for by her mother, Karen
Mittelsteadt, and her grandmothers, Nancy Mittelsteadt and Jocile
Gerardot. Cheryl’s father, Roger Mittelsteadt, will dig the basement
for her home.
floor plan, picked from a choice of three, includes three bedrooms, a
living room, kitchen, 1½ baths and a full basement. Habitat for
Humanity International supplies the plan book. "The houses are
laid out so there’s very little waste," according to Dahmm.
of Mount Pulaski donated the lot at 316 S. Vine for Mittelsteadt’s
home. "We’ve never bought a lot yet," said Dahmm. He and
his brother Wally donated the first one in 1993.
were only three applicants for the home in Mount Pulaski. Mittelsteadt
attributes that to unfamiliarity with the program and expects that
after people see her house there will be more applicants for the next
one. Dahmm said he hopes that once the house in Mount Pulaski is
built, other towns in the county will also become involved.
expresses enthusiasm not only for her future home but also for the one
volunteers are currently building for Mark and Isola Dailey and their
three children. "I’m so excited for Mark and his wife that I
can hardly stand it," she exulted.
she is actually enjoying her work. "It’s something new,"
she explained. "They’re a great bunch of guys. I’ve learned a
Habitat for Humanity does
not contract out any of the work on its houses. "All labor is
donated," said Leonard Krusemark of Emden, another volunteer and
secretary of the board. In response to the comment, "So there’s
nothing you can’t do," he quipped, "Nothing we won’t
try." Mittelsteadt and her sons will be the sixth family in Logan
County to benefit from that undaunted spirit.
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donations for Bryce Covert
Covert of Beason was recently diagnosed with cancer on the brain stem. His
elementary school, Chester-East Lincoln, is pitching in to raise money for his
medical treatment. The cancer is inoperable, so the doctors are using radiation.
to Amy Neece, the teacher organizing the Bryce Covert Fundraisers at
Chester-East, Bryce is happy but tired. He did attend the most recent
fund-raiser, which was this past Saturday at the school. Neece said,
"Saturday’s benefit was an overwhelming success."
Lincoln has had numerous fund-raisers to help the Covert family: a pancake and
sausage breakfast, 50/50 raffle, chili and hot dog lunch, bake sale, and
Pie-the-Teacher. The school has also placed Bryce Covert Fundraiser canisters in
many local businesses, placed Puritan water jugs in each Chester-East classroom,
and raffled and auctioned various items.
raised at least $600. Over $800 in change has been dropped into the water jugs
at Chester-East. The 50/50 raffle brought in about $2,600. So far, about $14,000
has been raised to help alleviate Bryce Covert’s medical bills. To all those
that donated, Amy Neece would like to say an "ENORMOUS thank you."
you would still like to donate to the fund, just stop in at any CEFCU — there
is already a Bryce Covert Fund account.
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