Family may move into new home by Christmas

Board member John Collins takes measurements in preparation of appliance installation.

A mother and her two children may be in their own home for the holidays.

Work by Habitat for Humanity of Martinsville and Henry County is progressing at a local house. The organization is rehabilitating a Wilson Street house to provide a home for a local family which will occupy the home once work is completed.

A crew of volunteers, led by board members John Collins, Johnny Pinkard and CJ Robertson, have worked on the home since September.

The agency hopes that the family will be able to move into the house by Christmas, said Meredith Vaughn who is the executive director of the local organization. The move in date will depend on local donations the organization receives and the willingness of volunteers to help with the rehab.

Anyone interested in donating or volunteering can contact Vaughn at or at 638-6484.

Another way to help Habitat’s efforts in Martinsville is through a “Save Big, Give Back” sale that Martinsville Eyecare Center, 1099 Brookdale Street, is partnering with Habitat on Nov. 21. Eye glasses will be 30 percent off regular price, and a portion of all eye glass sales will benefit Habitat.

Habitat for Humanity is an international, nonprofit, Christian housing ministry driven by the vision for “a world where everyone has a decent place to live.”

To qualify for a Habitat house, a family must be living in substandard housing and show a financial need. A Habitat home is not a free home. The family must be able to pay an interest-free mortgage, and family members must be able to contribute at least 200 hours of volunteer service toward the rehabilitation. Habitat is a 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are tax-deductible.




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