Area Grants and Volunteer Teams Help

Area Grants and Volunteer Teams Help Build Burnsville’s Habitat Neighborhood

By Robin Warden

The first Mitchell-Yancey Habitat for Humanity neighborhood in Burnsville is becoming a reality as area grants and volunteer teams support the building of three new homes located at Longview and Celo Streets. Susan Tipton and her daughter Jessie have been living the in the first completed house since June. Adriana Silva Molinero and her children Edwin, Evelyn, and Jamie Lewin continue to work with teams on their home projected for completion in February. M-Y Habitat will begin their search and selection for an additional family for the third home this Fall.

Grants from the Wells Fargo Bank in Burnsville and the Mt. Air Resident’s Community Fund have provided financial support to build these homes according to NC System Vision Standards certifying that these homes have been designed and constructed to be energy efficient. These grants play a central role in ensuring that local Habitat homes are affordable housing stock that is actually affordable to live in.

Over the past two years, Wells Fargo Housing Foundation has awarded $31,000 and logged more than 120 volunteer hours to help Mitchell-Yancey Habitat for Humanity build the Burnsville neighborhood. The Foundation was created to provide permanent solutions to homeownership needs in Wells Fargo communities nationwide by building and renovating homes for low-income families. The local Wells Fargo Bank team members are pictured here working on-site on Saturday, August 16th.

The Mountain Air Resident’s Community Fund has also supported the Burnsville Habitat Neighborhood’s goal to build safer, more durable, comfortable, attractive, and energy efficient homes for the past two years providing $9,000 in grants and numerous volunteers on a regular basis. On Wednesday, August 27th 12 residents worked on roofing, drywall, and siding jobs on two of the Celo Street homes. In addition, Mt. Air residents have helped to support both Habitat partner families and other community members through individual donations and continual contributions of furniture, appliances and other household goods to the Mitchell- Yancey Habitat ReStore.

The Habitat building site has been a busy endeavor over the spring and summer months. Under the direction of Tom Perrin, Construction Supervisor, numerous other volunteer groups have played essential roles in the creation of this neighborhood. Mitchell-Yancey Habitat for Humanity wishes to express its sincere thanks to others who have been so generous in spirit to provide time, talent, and financial support to this project. Thanks to our spring volunteer groups from St. Rita’s of Cascia High School in Chicago, Hope Lutheran Church from Wake Forest, who will return again this fall, and the Cosgrove Pennsylvania Lutheran Church. A very special thanks to the Wednesday/Saturday Group, comprised of volunteers from Higgins Memorial United Methodist, Mt. Air Community, Burnsville First Presbyterian Church, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, and Habitat Board of Directors members who have helped to build not only this neighborhood but also 24 Habitat homes over the past 22 years. In addition, Habitat honors those groups who sustained these crews providing housing and meals, including: Higgins Methodist, Seventh Day Adventist, Messiah of the Mountain Lutheran Church, Newdale Presbyterian Church, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Trinity Episcopal Church and The Amish Country Store, Subway Sandwich Shop, and Bubba’s Good Eats in Burnsville.

Your help building Habitat homes can change lives. Contact M-Y Habitat for Humanity and learn more about how you can be a part of the Habitat Housing Ministry. Donations can be made via mail, on our website, or stop by our ReStore.