Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley breaks ground on Enoch family home

Photo by Madeline Murphy From left, the Rev. Ian Reid, Natalie Enoch and son Bryce Enoch, Habitat for Humanity board members Ginger Smith and Carolyn Garrity turn the shovel at the groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday in Parkersburg.

PARKERSBURG — Natalie Enoch and her son Bryce Enoch, 5, were overjoyed to turn over the shovel and start the process of building their new home.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Enoch family’s new home at 2310 36th St. was held Wednesday evening.

The project is a combined effort of Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley and the church the Enochs attend, First Lutheran Church of Parkersburg. It has been Natalie’s dream of owning her own home to raise her son.

“With Habitat for Humanity, you don’t just build houses, you build friendships within your community,” Enoch said.

The lot where the three-bedroom house will be constructed was donated by the Hamilton family. It was an unoccupied lot with no house on it, since the previous home burned down years ago.

Photo by Madeline Murphy Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley had a groundbreaking ceremony for the Enoch house on Wednesday.

“I am very grateful to have had this opportunity and experience,” said Enoch.

Gathered there to help celebrate the groundbreaking of Habitat for Humanity’s 104th home in the Mid-Ohio Valley were Enoch family members, church members and representatives for Habitat for Humanity of the MOV and the city of Parkersburg.

“We are excited to begin our 104th house in the Mid-Ohio Valley, and are blessed to have the support of First Lutheran Church,” said Alvin Phillips, executive director of the local Habitat for Humanity.

The First Lutheran Church in Parkersburg is a major sponsor of the home.

“The church has been a longtime partner of Habitat for Humanity, being one of three churches in the area that helped establish the local Habitat affiliate in 1990,” Phillips said.

As part of the sponsorship, church members will be involved in the construction of the house through financial donations and volunteering to help build.

According to the Rev. Ian Reid, pastor of First Lutheran Church, $7,000 out of the needed $10,000 has been donated to build the house. Habitat for Humanity hopes to complete the house this year.

“We are coming up on our 125th year as a church here; what better way to celebrate than to come together for a service project that both helps a member and our community,” Reid said.

After the ceremony, guests signed three “prayer boards,” inscribing their good wishes and prayers on framing studs that will be incorporated into the structure of the house.

“We are honored to have the church partner with us in our housing ministry. What a wonderful way for the church to come forward in support and love of a member of their congregation,” Phillips said.

Enoch has put in about 220 hours of volunteer work for Habitat since applying for her home.

Habitat for Humanity of the MOV has been working on building five houses this year. The organization just completed house number 101, while both 102 and 103 are still under construction.

Habitat for Humanity of the MOV hopes to start one more house this year.

Homebuyers work alongside community volunteers in the construction of their house. Habitat partners with homebuyers who must provide sweat equity hours, take homeowner education courses, and have met all requirements of homeownership.

Once the house is completed, homebuyers pay a manageable mortgage payment, with no interest on their loan.

In 2018, 23 people will move into their new homes locally through Habitat for Humanity, with the help of about 85 volunteers who have dedicated over 2,500 hours.

The goal for 2019 is to build five to six houses. Some applicants for homes have already been chosen for 2019, but Habitat for Humanity of the MOV is always taking applications.