By Emily Banks Wooten
Habitat for Humanity of Polk County broke ground on its 20th home Tuesday at 211 Waka off of Old Woodville Road.
“I want to thank everyone for coming out today. Our affiliate started in 2003. Ray and Susie Gearing were the founding members. This is our 20th home. It will be built by Jeff Rood with RCI,” Board President Pat McCulley said.
“The Rotary Club of Livingston were selected for a matching grant for landscaping the home. We partnered with USDA to finance the construction of this home,” McCulley said.
Amy Borel, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Polk County, reminded everyone of the relocation of Habitat’s ReStore shop to 321 Beatty and encouraged everyone to go by and shop. She said they offer tools, lawn and garden supplies, eco-friendly paint and painting supplies.
“We strive to be very cost-effective. We wouldn’t be here today without our volunteers. We want to thank all of our board members, our former board members and all who have participated in all the fundraisers,” Borel said.
In addition to McCulley serving as president, Rebecca Roberts serves as vice president and Stacy Johnson-Aguilar serves as secretary. Other board members are John Wells Jr., Michael Davis, Tatiana Wells and Tammye Gamez.