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Building Blitz - End of Day # 1

Melissa Jensen

What. A. Day! 

At the beginning of this morning, the lot looked very similar to how it's been for weeks - slab with no embellishments.

 

Then I came to drop off lunch - I was shocked!

Lunchtime Progress

Lunchtime Progress

Holy smokes! Those guys at Anchor Construction really knocked it out of the park. RD has a great group of guys.

  

Then I went after work to help clean up the site. AHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

 

End of Day # 1

End of Day # 1

I think I squealed! I freaked out!! Wow!!! 

Check out my video! Enjoy the progress. If you are able to stop by, please do!

Building Blitz, Building Blitz!

Melissa Jensen

What a week this will be!

Today is the first day of our Building Blitz this week. RD & Anchor Construction are working today towards getting walls up. 

Tomorrow will be Kevin Defever of Defever Construction and Wednesday will bring Chad Root of CR Construction. Off to bring lunch to our amazing crew of volunteers and builders! If you have a chance, stop by and check out the progress.

The Road Home with Habitat--By: Melissa

Melissa Jensen

Last year, on a whim of a chance of something, I went online and filled out some paperwork for Mecosta County’s Habitat for Humanity. Nothing major. It was really to see if I qualified. It doesn’t mean I’m chosen. It meant nothing. I learned long ago that you can’t get your hopes up.

It was one of those situations that you just take the chance in case something great can come from it. It didn’t cost me any money, and worst case scenario was a no.

I was very surprised when I received a call from Nicole at Michigan Habitat. We went over a few things with my credit report, told me what I should work on and see how it could build up from there. We worked together over the course of the next couple of months and I was able to raise my credit score. At that time, I figured that, if anything, I’m grateful to Nicole for her wonderful help in getting me on track financially. In August, she told me she was recommending me to the Mecosta County Habitat for Humanity Board for Partner Family Selection.

Wait… what? Me? Us? By us, I include my daughter Katherine into this conversation. Smart, sassy, funny, loving, and definitely my favoritest human being on the planet. I couldn’t believe it! We could possibly be the next partner family!

Again, I tried really hard to maintain being cautiously optimistic. Sorta failed, but tried. In hopes of nailing any and all requirements, I was asked to meet with the Board with Katherine. I wanted them to know who we were, what our story was (you’ll hear it another time), how truly appreciated this would be. I’d work hard and know that we were truly a partner in this.

I walked into meeting and started to tell a summarized version of my life story to people I had never met before. I was so nervous and emotional, all I could do was sit there and try to smile through crying. The idea that these people were possibly going to help us to buy our own home was a lot to handle. I left that meeting thinking that they thought I was a crazy person.

About three weeks later, I found out that the house we were renting was being sold. Another move. All I could do was put on the brave face for Katherine and assure her we’d be alright. I did that even though I was ready to cry for days. I should mention that between 2014 and 2015, I moved a total of 3 times. Not one of them was because we wanted to; we had no choice. This was in addition to the numerous times I had moved in my life. I’m definitely over the moving.

Two days later, around 9:00 pm, I received a call from the Executive Director, Barb, telling me we had been selected. We were the Partner Family for House # 31.

Sorry, I still tear up thinking about that moment. I cried, Barb cried. I called my brother. I called my parents. I called my best friend. I had to wait until the next day to tell Katherine when she came back from her Dad’s. She was in disbelief.

And just like that, it became a moment of when, not if. When we move in to our house, not if we get a house. That security, just in those words, makes a world of difference for us.

We couldn’t be more excited for our next move. We are constantly ticking off the days. Katherine had her last birthday not in the house. We had our last Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s not in the house. This will be our last spring not in the house. Our last spring not in our home.

Very soon now, we will start documenting all the changes to the house. Decisions we make. We can't wait to share them with you!

NEW WEBSITE!

MCHFH

Barbara Seabolt, First Week On The Job-- December 2014!!

Hello, and welcome to our new and improved website! If you have been following us for a while, you already know that Mecosta County Habitat for Humanity (MCHFH) has had a lot going on! In the past year or so we hired our first ever Executive Director, Barbara Seabolt (author if this particular blog!) You will be able to learn more about all of our leaders, the Mission and Vision of our affiliate and our history right here on this new website.

On this site you will find information on our wonderful Resale Store which we relocated in September of 2015, from our original location on Northland Drive in Stanwood, to a much larger facility on the north side of Big Rapids on Northland Drive, (some of you may remember it as the old Marco Chrysler Dodge building.) This move increased our store size from 4,000 sq. ft. to 11,000, and our staff has been doing a wonderful job of making this store a warm and inviting place to shop and donate items to be sold to raise funds to assist us in expanding our contribution to the community. You will find more store information on this site, links to our Facebook Page, and arrange for a donation pickup as well.

We are starting some very important programs to increase our impact in this beautiful County of Mecosta. We are working with Habitat of Michigan to offer financial coaching services with a goal of providing the support needed to assist more families in moving toward the dream of home ownership. You will find the link to get you started under the Home Ownership tab. You will also find the on-line application for our newly launched A Brush with Kindness program. This program will allow us to assist current low income homeowners with critical home repairs.

We also have centralized our volunteer registration and volunteer scheduling through the use of Volunteer Matrix, found under our Volunteer tab. Using this system, our many committed volunteers, and all of you who are new to volunteering with MCHFH, will have the opportunity to complete our volunteer registration, search our current and ongoing projects, and schedule yourself or your group all through this website!

Look at our Photo Gallery tab to view photos and newspaper articles—spanning back through our 23+ year history. Under our Events tab, you will be able to see our many upcoming events, meetings and fundraisers. Of course we have information and link to allow you to make your financial donationon-line with an option of making a recurring gift.  

We are finalizing our three year strategic goals and plans in the next several months. We have designed this website to offer greater flexibility in our ability to communicate with you!  We look forward to keeping you updated on our initiatives and communicating with you all the ways we continue to expand in our ability to partner with this wonderful community.

We completed our build #30 in June of 2015 and our partner family is very happily living in their new home. We are very excited to be working with Melissa and Katherine, our latest partner family. Melissa will be sharing her Habitat Journey with all of us with her own Blog on this website. Melissa has many talents and a joyful exuberance--we are all in for a wonder ride with this family as follow along as house #31 comes to life!

To all of our fantastic dedicated community supporters, we say, thank you for your support of our affiliate over the last 23 years. To all of you new to MCHFH, we welcome you and look forward to getting to know you.

We are all excited about our future as we continue to realize our vision to “End Poverty Housing in Mecosta County.”   Thank you for checking out our new website. Please come back often--your support is ALWAYS appreciated. We are definitely all in this together!

“In our togetherness as a team, castles are built!” Irish Proverb