Chillicothe, MO – Habitat for Humanity served a record 94,618 families through new home construction, rehabilitation and repairs in fiscal year 2012, breaking the previous fiscal year's record by more than 13,000 families served. This equates to a family improving their living conditions on average every five-and-a-half minutes in one of the nearly 80 countries around the world where Habitat works.

Locally, Chillicothe Area Habitat for Humanity contributed to this global effort to serve even more families in need of decent, affordable housing. Since 1997, the local chapter has built a dozen homes, and is working on the thirteenth. The current project is located at 1547 Polk Street, almost directly north of the Chillicothe Middle School building, and has been underway since the summer 2011 groundbreaking.

The Laura and Ubaldo Navarrete family, which includes two children, will be receiving this specific Habitat home upon its scheduled completion in June 2013. The Habitat for Humanity Selection Committee chooses homeowners based upon level of need, willingness to become partners in the program, and ability to repay the no-interest loans within 20 years. Recipients must put in at least 125 hours of sweat equity labor toward the building of the home.

Habitat for Humanity is always looking for donations of time, money and materials. Volunteers need not be skilled builders, but must possess only a desire to help. Individuals on site will assign tasks that best meet a volunteer's abilities. Those wishing to donate time or money may contact Connie Epperson at 660-752-6789.

"Chillicothe Area Habitat for Humanity is pleased to be part of this effort around the world that is helping improve communities," said local chapter President Tony Figg. "With continued support of our sponsors and volunteers, we'll continue to address affordable housing needs in our area."

In 2012, Habitat for Humanity surpassed its 600,000-home milestone, bringing the number of people served through better housing solutions to three million since the organization was founded in 1976. In 2011, Habitat for Humanity reached the 500,000th home milestone, and in 2000, Habitat for Humanity celebrated the completion of its 100,000th home.

About Habitat for Humanity International

Habitat for Humanity International is a global nonprofit Christian housing organization that seeks to put God's love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Since 1976, Habitat has served more than 600,000 families by welcoming people of all races, religions, and nationalities to construct, rehabilitate, or preserve homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit, or follow them at