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Habitat teamwork culminates with emotional dedication

December 19, 2010|By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com
  • Franceine Jones and her 15-year-old son, Jakerian, stand Sunday outside their Habitat for Humanity house at the corner of Linwood Road and Wellington Avenue, near the edge of Hagerstown city limits.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Franceine Jones knew she wasn’t going to be able to get through her speech at the Sunday afternoon dedication for her new home, a Habitat for Humanity of Washington County project.


When she did break down in tears, dozens of people picked up where she stopped, reading from printed copies of her words.


The moment was symbolic of the effort it took to build the three-bedroom house, with approximately 200 volunteers stepping in to construct a home for Jones and her son, Jakerian, 15.


“Working together,” as Jones put it after the dedication for the home at the corner of Linwood Road and Wellington Avenue.


Linwood Road is off Virginia Avenue and the home is near the edge of Hagerstown city limits.


The single-story home was the first Apostles Build project for the local Habitat chapter, said Cindy Brown, a former Habitat board member and coordinator of the Apostles Build steering team.

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Apostles Build is one of the ways Habitat garners sponsors to build homes.


The cost of the home, $65,000, was split into 12 donation shares of $5,417. The idea was for each church involved to donate $5,417, but some churches that wanted to participate couldn’t raise that much alone, so they joined with another church on a sponsorship share, Brown said.


Nineteen churches of various denominations and the Hagerstown Area Religious Council helped with the project. This was the 34th Habitat house for the local chapter.


About 50 people, including volunteers who helped build the house, attended the dedication.


“It’s just been a blessing for me,” said Franceine Jones, 42, who has been leasing a town house in Hagerstown’s West End.


Jones said she expects to be able to move into the house in January after a water and sewer issue is taken care of and she has gone to settlement on the house.


The next local Habitat house is expected to be another Apostles Build project, on Interval Road near Hagerstown’s Fairgrounds Park, Habitat officials said. Habitat is planning for a groundbreaking in the spring with a blitz build to follow.


A blitz build occurs over a three-day period, after the foundation is in place. Volunteers will work to get the outer walls, roof, inner walls and some mechanical work done during the blitz.

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