Habitat for Humanity of Nodaway County will partner with Chandra White to build its 10th home this year in Maryville.
Habitat for Humanity of Nodaway County’s Executive Board recently approved her application and surprised White with the news on Monday morning during a gathering at First United Methodist Church in Maryville.
White is a single mother of two children – Bryla, 11, and Karsen, 8. A recent divorcée, White and her children currently live in a two-bedroom apartment, and renting a three-bedroom apartment is not a viable option for them. White is employed by the Children’s Division of the Missouri Department of Social Services.
When construction of their new three-bedroom home is complete, White will purchase the home with a zero-interest loan. Habitat and its volunteers will build the home at 416 S. Vine in Maryville.
“I’m very shocked, very excited and very happy,” White said after the announcement.
Board members presented White with flowers as well as books for her children. Lisa Puckett, a Habitat client who purchased her home in 2010, serves on Habitat’s Family Selection Committee and will serve as White’s family advocate during the construction process.
Habitat for Humanity of Nodaway County is a non-profit, nondenominational Christian housing ministry that seeks to eliminate poverty housing and invites people from all walks of life to work in partnership to build houses with individuals and families in need. It offers partner families an opportunity to help themselves, to own a decent, affordable home of their own, which they pay for and maintain.
Partner families invest hundreds of hours of “sweat equity” into building their homes and the homes of others. The houses are sold at no profit and with no interest charged. Mortgage payments are placed in a revolving fund and used to finance additional houses.
Volunteers provide the labor, and individuals, churches, and corporate sponsors provide the money and materials to build Habitat houses.
Habitat for Humanity of Nodaway County serves the communities of Maryville, Elmo, Clearmont, Burlington Junction, Quitman, Skidmore, Graham, Hopkins, Pickering, Ravenwood, Clyde, Conception Junction, Conception, Arkoe, Barnard, Guilford and Parnell. Habitat for Humanity of Nodaway County is one of more than 50 affiliates and campus chapters in the state of Missouri.