By Christmas, Ollie Parker of Wadesboro will have a brand new, custom-built brick home on Gold Mine Road, thanks to her own “sweat equity” and the Union-Anson County Habitat for Humanity.
Construction started on Aug. 15, and Mike Reece, executive director of Union County Habitat for Humanity (which is in the process of merging with Anson’s Habitat), said the house is scheduled to be finished Dec. 21, so that Parker can move in before Christmas.
“One of the things Habitat for Humanity requires is sweat equity,” Reece explained. “The homeowner does the work on their own home.”
Parker, family members and members of her New Grove Missionary Baptist Church family were on hand Saturday to work on the house alongside Habitat for Humanity volunteers.
When finished, the house will be a brick veneer, two-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath home meeting all Energy-Star standards and exceeding North Carolina’s Green Build standards, Reece said. Parker’s utility bills will average about $60 a month, and her home will also be outfitted with a residential sprinkler system.
Parker currently lives on West Carolina Avenue and will be able to pick out some of the finishes on her home, such as vinyl, shutters, countertops, carpet colors and so on. “I am very excited and I thank God for this opportunity,” Parker said.
In order to have a home built via Habitat for Humanity, homeowners must meet certain criteria, in addition to being willing to do some of the work, Reece said.
Union-Anson County Habitat for Humanity is looking to expand more into Anson County in the future. The merger will be “official” Jan. 1, 2014, Reece said, and Habitat plans to build two or three more houses in Anson County next year. Habitat for Humanity also hopes to open its own “Re-Store” in Wadesboro, similar to the one that’s currently located in Monroe. “All of the funding from the Re-Store goes to build more Habitat houses,” Reece explained.
For more information on Union-Anson County Habitat for Humanity or to volunteer, contact 704-296-9414, or visit www.unionhabitat.org.