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Ron Medin

Jefferson City

Dear Editor:

Much has happened since late December when River City Habitat for Humanity announced plans to build four houses on Jackson Street in response to last year's tornado that destroyed so many homes. The coronavirus pandemic has hampered Habitat's efforts a bit. Fundraising totals that were comfortably within reach before everything shut down in early March are still a little way off in late June. Volunteers from outside our community are either delayed or in some cases won't make it at all because of lingering concerns about COVID-19.

But there are still four houses to be built on Jackson Street. Those four houses will be homes to 18 adults and children. So River City Habitat for Humanity is going to build on faith — faith that God will provide and that our community will respond with the money and the workers to get this job done.

And faith works. Four foundations have been laid on Jackson Street. Framing has begun. An experienced crew of builders has been recruited to help volunteers on the work sites. Health and safety protocols are in place to protect the workers. A core group of churches and businesses has stepped forward with money and volunteers. The Jackson Street build officially begins July 1.

We've heard a lot recently about love for our neighbors. This is the time and the place to put that love into action.

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