A home for Christmas

Abby Cavenaugh Editor

December 23, 2013

Thanks to scores of volunteers, the Union-Anson County Habitat for Humanity and her own 350 hours of “sweat equity,” Wadesboro resident Ollie Parker will be celebrating this Christmas in her own brand new home.

The two-bedroom brick home on Gold Mine Road was dedicated in a ceremony Saturday morning. “What a wonderful Christmas gift this is for Ms. Ollie,” said James “Buzz” Parks, formerly the director of Anson County Habitat for Humanity and now a board member for the Union-Anson County Habitat. “It is nice to be able to have your own house, and not to have to worry about a landlord,” he added.

Mike Reece, executive director of Union-Anson Habitat, explained that Habitat builds all its houses “above code.”

“We add extra insulation, and all of our appliances meet or exceed Energy Star standards,” Reece said. “No gas or oil is used in this home. It’s all electric.” He told Parker that her monthly energy bills will be about $32.

The Union-Anson County Habitat for Humanity partnered with the USDA for Parker’s home, and Reece said he hopes it’s the start of more homes being built in Anson County. “One of the reasons we’re able to work with the USDA in Anson County is because we are working on a merger,” Reece said. “As of Jan. 1, we will be known as the Union-Anson County Habitat for Humanity.”

As a result, Reece said he expects two homes to be built in Polkton in 2014, as well as eight in Union County and two in Chesterfield County, S.C. The Union-Anson Habitat also plans to open a ReStore in Wadesboro, similar to the one now open in Monroe.

“As we say at Habitat, we’re not only building houses,” he added. “We’re building hope.”

“I thank God for giving me this house,” Parker said during the dedication ceremony.

Parker’s pastor, Rev. Sherry Lockhart of New Grove Missionary Baptist Church, also presented her with a Bible during the ceremony. “You have come a long way,” she told Parker, “and I know that you have faith.”

In addition to Habitat for Humanity volunteers, and Parker’s friends, family and church, James Dennis, a local surveyor, donated his services for the house, and Danny Beachum donated landscaping services. A Christmas tree was also donated for Parker by Target of Wesley Chapel.

“God is so good,” Parker said after the ceremony. “I’m going back to my old house and bringing all my furniture here and moving in here today. I will be sleeping here tonight.”

Parker said the feeling was “unexplainable,” and that she wished to thank Habitat for Humanity, the USDA, and all of her family, friends and church family for helping her to have a new home for Christmas.

For more information about the Union-Anson County Habitat for Humanity or to volunteer, contact Mike Reece at 704-296-9414 or