First Habitat for Humanity home built in Morgan County dedicated

'Morgan County embraced this woman and her family to build this home'

February 05, 2011|By TRISH RUDDER |
  • John Mesner, right, holds a rendering that he did of the first Habitat for Humanity home built in Morgan County. Mesner stands with new homeowner, Staci Horner, left, and her sons, Lakota and River, at the 2011 Morgan County Home Dedication held on Saturday in Berkeley Springs, W.Va.
By Yvette May, Staff Photographer

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — A dedication ceremony for the first Habitat for Humanity home built in Morgan County was held Saturday morning at Union Chapel on U.S. 522 South.

The road to the new house on Birch Grove Lane was too icy for travel, said Ashley Laton, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of the Eastern Panhandle.

Habitat board member Judith Boykin said the 20 people who attended the ceremony were all involved in the project.

An approximately 1.5-acre lot on Birch Grove Lane was purchased by Habitat at a reduced cost, but some lots are donated, she said.

The Habitat house is about 1,100 square feet with three bedrooms and one bath and was built for Staci Horner, a single parent with two children.

Boykin said Horner is a working mother who met the qualifications for a Habitat home.

She said Horner did her share of the construction work on the project and worked more than the minimum 500 hours required by Habitat.

"She wanted to be part of it and got her friends to be part of it, too," Boykin said.

Horner has a mortgage she can afford because Habitat builds "simple, decent houses so that families can manage a safe home," she said.

"It's a hand up, not a handout," Boykin said.

The wooded lot required a lot of work before the house could be constructed, she said, and volunteers got it ready.

Morgan County resident Paul Kline was one of the volunteers on the project.

Kline said he cut down the trees so the lot could be prepared for the house's construction, and after the foundation was down, he helped build the house "from the bottom to the top."

He said he felt good about working on the project.

"It's a chance for me to give back to God a little bit of what he's given to me and to use to gifts he's given me," Kline said.

"Morgan County embraced this woman and her family to build this home," Boykin said.

An open house is being planned so people can see the work of the community, she said.

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