Organizers for the Mansfield Habitat for Humanity house are close to raising the funds needed for their next home.
“We’re 70 percent there,” said Don Miller, executive pastor for First Baptist Church and lead organizer for the Mansfield effort. “We have $47,000 and we need $70,000.”
The group’s 10th house will be built on a lot on Billingslea Drive, Miller announced, with construction starting in February if all of the funds are raised. Trinity Habitat for Humanity requires that all of the funds be pledged by Dec. 31 and collected by Jan. 15 to start the build.
“We need some new people,” Miller said. “We have so many new people moving into Mansfield, there’s bound to be some people who don’t know what we’re doing.”
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Trinity Habitat has constructed 11 homes in Mansfield, but the local group has worked on 10 homes over the past decade, raising the funds to build the houses, then volunteering to help construct them. Local churches, businesses and civic groups donate in a community effort and work together on the homes.
The new homeowners repay the cost of their home with 0 percent interest loans and volunteer 250 hours working on their home and other Habitat homes.
The newest homeowner has been chosen, an official with Trinity Habitat has said. The homeowners and their families are the reasons Miller is still volunteering, he said.
“There are a lot of charities and needy causes,” he said. “Our church supports them. This is one of the few that once you take care of the need, the need never comes up again.”
To donate, contact Don Miller at 817-999-9414, or go to www.firstmansfield.com.