PARKERSBURG – A Habitat for Humanity home, the first completed since the start of the pandemic, was dedicated Saturday on 11th Avenue in South Parkersburg to the family of Xzantheia Watson.
“We are delighted to dedicate the first Habitat house in 2020”, Alvin Phillips, executive director said. “Xzantheia has worked extremely hard to help build Habitat homes since April 2019, and we are happy to celebrate this milestone with her today. “
Phillips praised the community for their efforts in completing the house despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
“COVID presented challenges for us, but thanks to our dedicated volunteers and staff, in addition to our generous community, another house has been completed,” he said.
Several organizations in the region have done their part to help.
DuPont sponsored the house and nearly 70 DuPont Washington Works employees helped with the construction.
“In 2019, Habitat for Humanity International and DuPont entered into a nationwide partnership to bring the power of DuPont employees and donated building materials to the construction site,” said a press release.
This house was the start of the partnership in the region.
The Wood County Rotary Club helped paint the house and donated the lighting. Wincore Windows Co. LLC donated windows and doors and helped secure donations for siding and shutters.
The folks at M&S Concrete volunteered to lay the sidewalk, steps and parking area.
“Throughout the project, community volunteers invested over 1,400 hours to help make the Watson family’s dream of homeownership come true. the statement said.
Funding for the house comes from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, McDonough Foundation, West Virginia Housing Development Fund, and the US Department of Housing and Development.
“Habitat partners with homebuyers who are committed to providing hours of equity, taking homeowner training courses, and meeting all of the requirements of homeownership. When the home is finished, buyers pay a reasonable mortgage payment, with no interest on their loan. Habitat does not offer a helping hand, but a helping hand, to those who are ready and able to enter into the partnership ”, the statement said.
The next dedication will be in Williamstown later this year.
Businesses wishing to get involved or sponsor can call (304) 422-7907 or visit www.habitatmov.com.
Candice Black can be contacted at [email protected]