Construction on Habitat for Humanity of Nodaway County’s next home has begun as the organization named Mikeala McCoy and her family as its 12th partner.
Habitat for Humanity of Nodaway County’s Executive Board and participants in the building trades program at the Northwest Technical School met the McCoy family Sept. 14 at the site of the future home, located at 114 W. Lincoln St. in Maryville, for a groundbreaking ceremony.
“I think it's an amazing opportunity, and I was really surprised that I got it, and it really means a lot,” Mikeala said. When the home is complete, she will take ownership of the property and reside there with her daughter, Kimberlynn, and brother, Noah.
McCoy, who grew up in Parnell, is employed at Parkdale Manor and is a student at North Central Missouri College with plans to become a nurse. She lives in an apartment complex and never imagined having the ability to afford a house, but the resources Habitat offers its partner families are helping home ownership become a reality for her.
“I really never thought I'd be able to afford a house of my own. I just had no idea how to do any of that,” she said. “I'm definitely going to learn a lot.”
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
Enhancing this year’s building project is a partnership forged by Habitat for Humanity of Nodaway County with the Maryville R-II School District and its building trades program at the Northwest Technical School. The boards of Habitat for Humanity of Nodaway County and the Maryville R-II School District approved a memorandum of understanding in April that will help local students acquire profession-based learning while completing the home for Habitat and its next partner family by June 2021.