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The Groundbreaking

Cape Area Habitat for Humanity, hosted the groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, December 1, 2017 to launch a new Habitat home construction in Jackson at the home site on James Street. The Boyd family was finally ready to break ground; taking the first step of their journey.

The groundbreaking began at 12 p.m. at the lot. Many people from community joined the groundbreaking.

After a long wait, involving a tremendous community effort to help raise funds, the event commenced.

The Boyd family broke ground, their smiles of anticipation for the future crossed their faces. Not even the bleak winter atmosphere could not dull the excitement. Applauds resounded in congratulations.

A very special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for all the hard work they put into this project. This groundbreaking ceremony was truly a huge success. 

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To learn more about how you can help, visit: www.capeareahabitat.org. You can also follow us on Facebook.

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A local display has been assembled by members of the Cape Area Housing Committee in the lobby of Wehrenberg Theatres Cape West 14 Cine designed to bring awareness to the plight of those in our community who experience lack of food and shelter on a regular basis. The display can be viewed through November 28th.

Earlier this week, Habitat for Humanity’s Executive Director, Al Stoverink, along with representatives from several other organizations and community leaders, joined together to kick off National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, presenting the display and shedding light on several issues that affect the homeless community, including mental health, substance use, and food insecurity. Mayor Harry Rediger also read a proclamation, approved by the City of Cape Girardeau, in recognition and support.

While this week is a great opportunity to raise awareness and volunteer, it is important to acknowledge these issues live on year round. Cape Area Habitat for Humanity is proud to partner with over 20 other organizations in being part of the Cape Area Housing Committee, a group actively involved, throughout the year, in promoting housing resources within the Cape Girardeau and surrounding communities. If you are interested in learning more about the Housing Committee or want to be involved in the homelessness solution, please contact us at hfhc@capeareahabitat.org.

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United Way of Southeast Missouri has always been one of the most supportive funded partner for Habitat for Humanity Cape Area. On September 2016, we participated on United Ways first Memorial Weekend with their LIVE UNITED event. Amazing team of at&t lend their hands on September 9 and another great team from Bank of Missouri extended their support on September 10. These amazing teams were led by one of our volunteer leader Brad Hughes, with his leadership these two teams were able to finish siding the exterior walls on all three sides of the house. All our volunteers showed such passion and enthusiasm at working on our house inspiring us to keep up with our mission. Our volunteers were all excited and not scared to step up the ladder to put the sidings on those walls.

I was glad to meet our volunteers who were just like me new to the skills of siding. We learned how to measure and cut the sidings and enjoyed our morning learning and helping on the house. Despite the fact that many of us were amateurs we were happy to see what we have accomplished in a very short period of time. Brad and his friend were such an amazing supervisors guiding us on getting the job done right.

Partners as United Ways of Southeast Missouri and companies as at&t and bank of Missouri helps us keep going on fulfilling our goals and mission to provide affordable housing to these amazing well deserving families. 

We thank all of our funded partners and volunteers who have extended their time and energy to spend on our houses. Without your support we could never accomplish our goal. 

 

 

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Below is our recent feature in the Southeast Missourian!

As the Cape Area Habitat for Humanity’s home project in Jackson takes shape, two more have begun in Cape Girardeau.

Construction on a 1,100-square-foot residence at 828 James St. has been slow, Cape Area Habitat for Humanity executive director Al Stoverink said Wednesday, but it remains on schedule.

“It took a while to get all the utilities in, but [the building plans] are all as was laid out before,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of rain delays, as everybody else has, so it’s been pretty slow coming out of the ground.”

Rain even forced the group to hold its June 1 groundbreaking at the nearby Jackson Civic Center.

Stoverink said it hopes to have the home finished by Thanksgiving. The basement and exterior walls have been erected.

“Next, they’re started in on the interior walls, and we’ll be putting up trusses as they arrive over the next several days,” Stoverink said.

Meanwhile, Habitat for Humanity is building similarly sized houses at 1411 N. Clark Ave. and 1118 Ranney St. in Cape Girardeau.

“They’re pretty much the same house,” Stoverink said. “The house on Clark [Avenue] is also a walkout basement, but it won’t be a finished basement.”

The Ranney Street house, however, will be slab-on-grade.

The Cape Girardeau houses are expected to be finished about Christmas. Families have been approved for all three houses.

“That’s our plan,” Stoverink said. “We’ll see what the weather does to us. These things are kind of hard to predict ... .”

The Jackson house is the 55th that Habitat for Humanity has built in the Cape Girardeau area, and Stoverink said his organization has no plans to slow down.

“We’ve got another house to get started on this fall,” he said. “So we’ll need lots of help and lots of donations and lots of volunteer hours.”

The great majority of construction on Habitat for Humanity houses is done by volunteers.

So far, Stoverink said it has had enough help, but with as many as four projects going on at once, he urged residents to lend a hand.

“The only way we could do this is with a lot of support from the community,” he said.

Before construction began, residents near the Jackson site complained about construction traffic in their neighborhood. But Habitat for Humanity, with the city’s help, was able to widen James Street.

“We were able to put a pretty wide swath of rock and cement mix along either side of the road where we’re working, so now we’ve got plenty of parking space there for our volunteers,” Stoverink said. “And we’re talking with the city [of Jackson] about how we might get that paved with asphalt as part of our next build in that area that we would like to do next summer.”

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