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June 28, 2013

The wait is over

Habitat family served first in five years



The Halim family looks forward to completing sweat equity on the refurbished residence in the coming weeks.

“When you put in the time, you appreciate it more when it’s all done,” Halim said.

The Leo Court home will receive additional work through First United Methodist Church’s (FUMC) 16th annual River of Life partnership next month. 

River of Life volunteers will work on the Habitat home and assist the affiliate’s Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (NRI) serving three homeowners in Harrisburg.

Through NRI, Habitat is able to serve more families by responding to community needs with an expanded array of products, services and partnerships.

River of Life volunteer W.B. Smith heard about the Habitat home’s rehab needs through coordinator Marty Sirmans.

Smith has always enjoyed helping the summer crew. He has the Leo Court house ready for a July River of Life visit.

The home had countless holes knocked in the walls and doors now smoothed.

“I’ve been going over there for three or four hours in the morning time patching holes and painting sheetrock,” Smith said. “I’m getting it where those kids can come and be ready to paint.”

Thirumal said Habitat is nothing without community teammates.

“For me, it’s heartwarming to know people are coming out to help. All the support we have gotten from the community in the past has been very welcome. The more we get the more we can do,” the Habitat director said.

Sirmans said River of Life’s work with Habitat comes through Family Connection.

The Leo Court elbow grease is welcomed with more than 30-wheelchair ramp constructions scheduled through the church outreach.

Sirmans said it’s good to see a family provided the opportunity to advance.

“The story of the Habitat family that got the house on Leo Court is going to be such an inspiration,” the River of Life coordinator said.

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