O-U UMC builds fourth Habitat House

3/6/2007

Special to the Advocate

 

Members of Oxford-University United Methodist Church held a groundbreaking Feb. 11 for their fourth Habitat for Humanity House in the Oxford area.

 

The house, located in the Brittany Woods subdivision, is for homeowner Barbara Walker,  her daughter and two grandsons. The house will be about 1,100 square feet and include three bedrooms and two baths. The foundation for the house should be poured within the next few weeks and then volunteers from O-U UMC, along with volunteers from New Hope Baptist Church and the community, will begin working on the house each weekend until it is completed.

 

Each Habitat homeowner is chosen by a local team from the Oxford-Lafayette Habitat for Humanity organization which evaluates those who apply based on need, ability to pay an interest free loan and their willingness to put in “sweat equity.”

 

“There’s definitely a need for affordable housing in our community and this is just something we need to do,” said O-U UMC member and building supervisor Darryail Whittington. “Volunteers get personal satisfaction and meet people they wouldn’t routinely come into contact with. People from all over the community with different backgrounds come together for a common goal.”

 

O-U UMC sponsored its first Habitat House about five years ago and has built three since then. “I don’t remember how we got ‘the bug’ to sponsor a Habitat house, but we’ve had members involved with Habitat since it started in Oxford several years ago,” Whittington said.

 

Since 1976 Habitat for Humanity has built more than 200,000 houses around the world and seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness with the help of volunteers and donated materials.