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Neighbors Growing Together | Apr 20, 2014

Washington Area Habitat for Humanity joins larger group

May 29, 2013

The Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity, which currently serves Johnson, Cedar and Iowa Counties, and the Washington Area Habitat for Humanity which serves Washington County, are merging. This consolidation will provide access to more professional help as well as additional funding from grants for the four counties.

Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity partners with families that have the determination and perseverance to work towards their dream of home ownership.

“We offer a hand up, not a hand out” says Mark Patton, executive director of Iowa Valley Habitat.

Rhonda Henry, treasurer of the Washington affiliate since 2005, believes strongly in the mission of the organization. “The volunteer efforts from the community have been phenomenal,” she said. “We’ve never had a shortage of help to build.”

The next Habitat home to be built in Washington County is scheduled for this summer and a ground breaking ceremony will be scheduled in the next month. A name of a Washington County resident to be on the Iowa Valley board of directors is being sought at this time.

“Ongoing local representation on the board of directors is critical to the long-term success of Habitat in Washington County,” said Patton.

The Washington Area Habitat has built homes for 16 families in Washington County over the past 19 years. The Iowa Valley Habitat has built 70 homes since 1994, in addition to helping 60 families recover from home water damage during the flood of 2008.

All correspondence and questions should be directed to PO Box 513, Washington, IA 52353 or by calling 319-337-8949. Applications for a build in 2014 are being taken at this time and families earning between $20,000-$38,000 with good credit and minimal debt are encouraged to apply.

 

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