ROCKINGHAM — Habitat for Humanity volunteers spent two straight Saturdays patching up and painting a Richmond County family’s home.
Habitat for Humanity of the North Carolina Sandhills brought groups from the Freedom Baptist and Pleasant Hill Baptist churches in Richmond County and folks from Roseland United Methodist Church in Moore County to repair the Stewart family’s home on June 14.
The work wrapped up June 21, when Habitat’s construction department and volunteers from Pleasant Grove Baptist applied a fresh coat of paint to the Stewarts’ house.
Habitat for Humanity’s repair mission is similar to its housing ministry in that the charity lends a “hand up, not a handout,” said Terry Gaar, resource acquisition manager for the Sandhills Habitat group based in Aberdeen. Those applying for repairs are screened and agree to pay an affordable portion of material costs.
Habitat also provides an opportunity for homeownership to families in Richmond and Moore counties who can’t afford a conventional bank loan for a home. Through a partnership with qualifying partner families, volunteers and sponsors, Habitat homes are sold at no profit with zero-interest mortgages.
Families who wish to apply for a new Habitat home or exterior repairs to an existing home can call Sandhills Habitat at 910-295-1934 to begin the application process.
Donations to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore at 1300 Broad Ave., Rockingham, in the Lowe’s shopping center and sales from the store help Habitat build and repair homes for local families, Gaar said.
Churches and organizations that would like to volunteer for the repair ministry can contact Gaar at 910-295-1934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.