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From Enterprise Staff

Center of Hope and Habitat for Humanity of Polk County joined forces recently to help a young family in Livingston. The repair is the second project completed by the two local organizations under a new partnership.

A single mother and her two children were struggling to endure winter weather in their unfinished home. The home’s exterior was unfinished, leaving the young family susceptible to freezing temperatures. The mother reached out to Habitat for Humanity of Polk County for help.

“We see a lot of single parents who struggle just to provide basic necessities for their families. Home repairs are just too costly for many and that’s where Center of Hope and Habitat can help,” Amy Borel, Habitat for Humanity of Polk County’s executive director, said.

The two organizations came together with a team of 10 volunteers to install insulation, new windows and exterior siding. The inside of the home also received some sheetrock, insulation, a sink in the only bathroom and other small repairs. The volunteers completed the project in one day and endured the cold weather themselves as they worked diligently on the exterior.

“The temperature in the house greatly improved once we finished the exterior work. I think all the volunteers felt really good knowing the family now has a warm home to live in,” Borel said.

“God continues to bless our community and this partnership with Habitat is just another example,” Gloria Barber, Center of Hope’s operations director, said. “We encourage our Polk County neighbors with home repair needs to call us. We urge folks to understand that with limited resources, we have to prioritize those families in greatest need.”

Residents in Polk County in need of critical home repairs can contact Center of Hope at (936) 327-7634 to request an application. Applicants are selected based on need, volunteer team capabilities and available funds.

Center of Hope is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization supported by 14 area churches whose mission is to provide food, cancer support services, disaster relief support and counsel and refer services to those in need in Polk County. They also offer a smile, friendship and prayer for families in need.

Habitat for Humanity of Polk County is the local affiliate for Habitat for Humanity International which builds homes for low-income families who are unable to qualify for traditional mortgages.

Both organizations are funded through local donations and volunteer efforts. To volunteer or donate visit www.habitatpolkcounty.org/volunteer or call Habitat at (936) 337-0502 or Center of Hope at (936) 327-7634.

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