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Habitat for Humanity breaks ground on home in Williamstown

From left, David Robertson, plant manager at Simex Vinal Extrusion; Levi Davis, 14; Julie Posey, with the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation; Jennifer Davis, future homeowner; Abigale Davis, 6, and Sharon Anderson, with Williamstown Bank, hold onto the ground breaking shovel to represent the beginning of the home building process. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)

WILLIAMSTOWN — Habitat for Humanity broke ground Thursday evening on what will be its 106th home in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

The house at 809 W. Fourth St. will be the second house built in Williamstown, according to Alvin Phillips, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley. Jennifer Davis and her children will become the future homeowners.

Construction will begin in mid to late September.

“I am so glad that my children will get to learn from this experience and watch our dream come true from the ground up,” Davis said.

Davis said that especially when taking on the world as a single mother, providing a home for her children to grow and create memories in has been something she continuously prays about.

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. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)

“Today is the beginning of a day long prayed for; today my dream comes true,” Davis said.

The land for this house was donated by Williamstown Bank and the home is sponsored by Cornerstone Building Brands (SimEx and Ply Gem) and many individual donors as part of a Give Local MOV community sponsorship.

Through their national “Home for Good” program, SimEx and Ply Gem have donated siding, windows and shutters for the home.

“Employees at their local facilities in Wood, Ritchie and Pleasants counties will also be helping to build the home and install the company’s donated products,” said Phillips.

Simex Vinal Extrusion plant manager David Robertson said he was excited to be given this opportunity to give back to the community and build new friendships throughout the area.

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.

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.

So far, Davis has put in a little over 100 equity hours.

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

The organization hopes to begin and have under roof at least one home, maybe a second, by the end of the year, Robin Stewart, Habitat director of resource development, said.

Madeline Scarborough can be reached at mscarborough@newsandsentinel.com

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