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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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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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Jim Plassman is a retired parole officer who started to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity Cape Area for past few years. He has worked on three houses built in Cape and Jackson neighborhood so far. He eagerly looks forward to work on the next three houses scheduled to build this year in Cape and Jackson area.

Along with helping build the houses, Jim has been a great asset for Habitat for Humanity ReStore as well. He has been giving ReStore his valuable time and skills to improve store layout in more than one ways. He took the lead in building the processing area wall, building shelves and creating more floor space for different big items as doors, bathroom accessories sinks etc. He also took part in three deconstruction projects we have had this year.

Jim always spreads positivity with his smile and energy. We feel blessed to have him as a volunteer!

 
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Habitat for Humanity ReStore has hosted many DIY projects in the past few months, the most recent being the Shimmering Wall Art project. This fun and easy project was led by Sandra Croule from Ipseity Creative. 

This DIY theme was to create a wall decoration out of shims and mirrors (Sandra added another quick DIY of making trays out of the shims as well). We had about 12 kids aged 5-12 who participated in this workshop. According to the kids, painting the shims in different colors and placing them around the mirror was their favorite part of the project!

This project was as much fun to the parents and guardians as it was for the kids. Many shoppers who came with their kids later wanted to join the workshop and enjoyed it as well! The workshop was initially $10, included all materials needed and the kids were able to take the finish product with them. 

We have held few other workshops in the past, and we are willing to host more workshops at ReStore if anyone is willing to volunteer with new ideas and creativity. We always have so many materials that can be repurposed or redesigned for better use!
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The Aydelott Family

Cape Area Habitat for Humanity has been a great organization to partner with. Their desire to help us fulfill the dream of owning our own home has opened so many doors for our family and has given us the courage needed to make other responsible financial and life decisions. Cape Area Habitat for Humanity has given our family the opportunity to take reasonable steps to get out of the mess we had made and pursue the American Dream. Thank You for the “hand up” to a better life for our family, our children, and our community!

-Paul Aydelott 

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We have lived in our Habitat for Humanity house for over 5 years and we couldn’t be happier. Thanks to Habitat, our family has a home of our own, that we helped build ourselves. Now our children can grow and thrive in a safe and affordable place. If it weren’t for Habitat, we might not have been able to build and own our beautiful home!

–John and Ashlei Sterling
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Bertha's Story
Hello, my name is Bertha, and I am a Habitat for Humanity homeowner since 1998.  It is a blessing to have the opportunity to be a homeowner, which is an American dream.  I am thankful to this organization to give families this opportunity at an affordable cost to be homeowners.  I try to get the word out to family and friends who are renters about going to the organization and fill out an application.  Whether or not you feel as though your credit isn’t in the best of shape, at least if you are denied they will inform you on what you need to do to get it to where they can approve you.  And the best thing about getting a home, besides getting a home, is the fact that you help build it from ground up.  So Habitat for Humanity isn’t a charity where they just give you a helping hand, but a hand out to help you pull yourself up so that you have the opportunity as anyone else to be a homeowner.
So I say thanks to Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for introducing me to Habitat for Humanity!
 
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Renee's Story
My name is Renee Miller, I live at 1119 Cousin St in Cape Girardeau, Mo. My house was built in 2004 so I’ve been in my house for 10yrs. I loved building on MY HOUSE from the ground up watching step by step my house coming to life. Picking what I want in my house was great knowing that I’m paying on a house is great. Plus meeting different people that helped on my house putting in their love & blessing on this house was amazing. Thank you, Habitat, for this opportunity. 
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