VINCENT — Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley held a ceremony to dedicate their 108th house in the Mid-Ohio Valley Saturday. The home, located on Burnfield Road in Vincent, was built in partnership with the Dennis family.
“Dedication days are always a special day,” explained Robin Stewart director of resource development at Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley.
“It is a chance to celebrate so many caring individuals in our community who have come together to help build the home. It is a time to appreciate what we, as a community, achieve together. And most importantly, house dedications are special because a homebuyer receives the keys to their new home for the first time. To see their pride and to know how much work they put into achieving their goal of homeownership is truly a special moment.”
Funding for the construction of the house was provided by DuPont, Belpre Area Community Development Foundation, Wells Fargo Builds program and Marietta Welfare League.
The house was built in memory of Mickey Welch, a long-time supporter and friend of Habitat. A second family sponsorship was provided by the Michael E. Shirey Memorial Fund, a fund held at the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation in memory of Michael Shirey. House sponsors were present at the dedication.
“I am so grateful for the successful completion of this home, thanks to the continuous generosity of the community,” said Stewart.
According to Stewart,volunteers dedicated over 1,200 hours helping to build the home.
This home was started pre-pandemic, and Stewart said she happy to be able to say it is finally complete.
“We were limited with volunteers, because many of our usual helpers were unable to give time during the pandemic,” said Stewart.
DuPont, who donated funds and was present for the dedication were among those unable to provide usual volunteers.
Greg Westbrook, a productions manager explained that they were unable to send the volunteers because of company rules established during the pandemic to help limit the spread of the virus.
“I hope they lift soon, it is very important to us to give back to and continue investing into the communities our workers live in,” he said.
Habitat is celebrating 30 years of service in Wood and Washington counties. The first Habitat home in the area was built in Parkersburg and dedicated in May, 1991. Since then, we have been blessed to complete 108 homes and serve over 500 people in the Mid-Ohio Valley with safe, stable housing.
This house dedication is the first of four dedications that will be held during Habitat’s yearlong anniversary celebration.
Habitat partners with homebuyers who are committed to providing sweat equity hours, taking homeowner education classes and have met all requirements for homeownership. Once the home is completed, homebuyers pay a manageable mortgage payment with no interest on their loan.
Individuals interested in applying to Habitat’s homebuying program or volunteering to help build homes can call the office at 304-422-7907 or visit www.habitatmov.com to find out more.
Madeline Scarborough can be reached at [email protected]