ZANESVILLE, Ohio – Giving the community a hand up instead of a hand out.
Habitat for Humanity of Southeast Ohio’s Melissa Best met with Zanesville Noon Rotary to discuss their work in Zanesville. Best said they have recently completed two houses in Zanesville and are working on their third home with the help of students from Mid-East Career center.
“The students help build that home and then we move the home from the career center to Mead Street and then we finish the project once it’s on the build site,” said Best.
Best said once the house is moved to its permanent location, volunteers will come in and finish things like painting and decking before a family can move in. She said it’s a blessing to help people get into their new home and that the families work hard in order to so.
“A lot of people think that its a project where we give homes away to people but it’s not, it’s a partnership,” said Best. “We partner with families, they pay a no interest mortgage and a lot of people don’t know that. They think that it’s a hand out, it’s really a hand up.”
Best said families also take education classes to learn skills like budgeting and basic home repairs. She said the hard work of the families, community partnerships Habitat for Humanity has locally, as well as their volunteers, help give people a safe place to call home. Best said if anyone is interested in volunteering with Habitat for Humanity they can find more information on their website.