Supporters of the Chillicothe Area Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, as well as family members and friends of Cindy Cairns, gathered at 1306 McNally Street in Chillicothe for the dedication of Habitat's 17th home Sunday afternoon.

Supporters of the Chillicothe Area Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, as well as family members and friends of Cindy Cairns, gathered at 1306 McNally Street in Chillicothe for the dedication of Habitat’s 17th home Sunday afternoon. This home will be for Cindy Cairns and her son, Jesse. Tony Figg, a board member of the local Habitat chapter, welcomed those in attendance and explained how Habitat for Humanity creates home ownership opportunities for families who otherwise might not be able to afford simple, decent housing. Figg emphasized that Habitat does not give away houses. The selected individuals sign their names on a 20-year mortgage and their downpayment is the 250 hours of sweat equity they put into the house. “We had some hot times this summer,” Figg said, noting Cairns’ sweat equity hours. “Sometimes, this tests your homeowners... how bad do they really want a house?” “Cindy has worked side by side with us, hot or cold, and helped to build her own house,” Figg said. In addressing Cairns, he added, “We appreciate everything you have done.” The gift that Habitat for Humanity homeowners get is an interest-free mortgage. The family’s mortgage payments, along with donated funds from other sources, will be used to help build the next Habitat houses. As Habitat builds more houses, the more money the organization has coming in. Construction of each home is made possible, in part, by professionals who donate their time or provide their services and products at reduced costs, as well the time, talent and treasure from volunteers. “The donated labor is important,” Figg said. “... the people who show up every Saturday and swing a hammer or run a paint brush.” Some donated a little and some donated a lot, but all donations help build a house, Figg said. Sunday’s ceremony also included a message from Brent Reeter, pastor of Lifepoint Church in Chillicothe. Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical Christian housing ministry that seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world. The Chillicothe Area Chapter of Habitat for Humanity has come a long way since a group of people first gathered to discuss starting a chapter nearly 30 years ago. To be eligible to become a Habitat home recipient, qualified applicants must have a housing need, be willing to partner with Habitat for Humanity, and be able to pay for their home. Construction of the next house will likely begin in February or March. The house will be located near the corner of Springhill and Monroe streets. The recipient of the next house is to be announced Wednesday, Nov. 1. The board and family selection committee met with a group of 10 perspective homeowners to start the process for next year’s house. Anyone interested in helping build the next house is asked to contact Tony Figg at 247-3675.