Habitat begins home rehabilitation project

Habitat for Humanity volunteer Gary Heaviland leaves some words of inspiration on a wall stud following a ribbon-cutting and blessing ceremony on Friday at the site of a home to be rehabilitated by River City Habitat for Humanity. The house is part of a parcel on Moreau View Drive that was donated by Scholastic, Inc.

Habitat for Humanity volunteer Gary Heaviland leaves some words of inspiration on a wall stud following a ribbon-cutting and blessing ceremony on Friday at the site of a home to be rehabilitated by River City Habitat for Humanity. The house is part of a parcel on Moreau View Drive that was donated by Scholastic, Inc. Photo by Kris Wilson.

River City Habitat for Humanity of Jefferson City on Friday blessed the start of a rehabilitation project at 3117 Moreau View Drive.

The ceremony included a ribbon-cutting by Jefferson City’s Chamber of Commerce.

Scholastic —with its National Distribution Center in Jefferson City — donated the property.

“Scholastic believes in Habitat’s mission, to take hard working local families and help them become homeowners,” said Faye Edwards, Scholastic’s senior vice president and general manager of operations. “We are overjoyed to be a part of making that happen.”

The property includes a home to be rehabilitated, and has been subdivided to allow for two additional Habitat homes to be built on the site in 2014.

The house—which will be home to the Procter family— will be rehabilitated with help from the Nichols Career Center Building and Trades class, Scholastic employees, the Habitat Tuesday Crew, the Habitat ReStore and various other community groups and volunteers.

Kelly Smith, executive director of River City Habitat for Humanity, said Christmas is a great time to celebrate the dream of home ownership.

“We have three families who are working toward making that dream come true with the hope of purchasing Habitat homes on the property donated generously by Scholastic,” she said.

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