Habitat house blessing Oct. 30
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[October 17, 2011]
This month Habitat for Humanity of
Logan County is celebrating the completion and blessing of its 16th
home in Lincoln, while Habitat for Humanity International is
celebrating the dedication of the organization's 500,000th Habitat
home in Maai Mahiu, Kenya. Logan County's 16 Habitat homes are a
part of those half-million Habitat for Humanity International homes
that are providing safe and adequate housing all over the world.
Lincoln's latest Habitat home, which was just a dream five months
ago, now awaits its new family. Eric and Teresa Baker and their
children will have a special Thanksgiving this year as they give
thanks for this home and for those who helped make their dream a
Not only have the Bakers spent many hours working to
construct this home with Habitat for Humanity, but they have been
aided by numerous Habitat volunteers and donors.
Their home was made possible through the generosity of Robert J.
Woods and Joan Jarrett Woods through the Woods Foundation. The lot
was donated by William R. and Dianna L. Bishop. Other donors of
materials or services were R.P. Lumber, Nelson Drywall, Collins
Roofing, Global Tech, Volle Plumbing and Goodman Excavating. In
addition, many others donated numerous hours helping construct this
home and providing food for the workers. A Habitat home is truly a
According to Mike Irwin, president of Habitat for Humanity of
Logan County, a Habitat home also gives back to the community.
Whether a Habitat home is a rehab or a home that is built on an
empty lot, both improve the neighborhood. In addition, the property
taxes paid by the new owners provide additional revenue to the
The Baker home at 1419 N. McLean St. in Lincoln will be dedicated
by Habitat for Humanity on Oct. 30 at 1:30 p.m. The community is
invited to attend.
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Keith Snyder, mayor of Lincoln, and Irwin, the Habitat president,
will give the welcome and opening remarks. Other speakers will be
Steve Schreiner and Allen Shew, co-foremen of the house build. Larry
Martincic, mentor of the Baker family, will present them with a
Habitat book, and the Rev. Father Laible will present them with a
Bible and bless the home. A statement from the Woods Foundation will
be read by Irwin, and the key to the home will be presented to the
Bakers by Schreiner. The dedication will close with the singing of
"Bless This House," accompanied by John Sutton on his guitar.
Following the dedication, the Bakers invite the community to tour
their home and enjoy refreshments provided by the Bakers' church
family at Holy Family Church.
[Text from file received from
Habitat for Humanity of Logan County]