United Way of Southeast Missouri has always been one of the most supportive funded partner for Habitat for Humanity Cape Area. On September 2016, we participated on United Ways first Memorial Weekend with their LIVE UNITED event. Amazing team of at&t lend their hands on September 9 and another great team from Bank of Missouri extended their support on September 10. These amazing teams were led by one of our volunteer leader Brad Hughes, with his leadership these two teams were able to finish siding the exterior walls on all three sides of the house. All our volunteers showed such passion and enthusiasm at working on our house inspiring us to keep up with our mission. Our volunteers were all excited and not scared to step up the ladder to put the sidings on those walls.
I was glad to meet our volunteers who were just like me new to the skills of siding. We learned how to measure and cut the sidings and enjoyed our morning learning and helping on the house. Despite the fact that many of us were amateurs we were happy to see what we have accomplished in a very short period of time. Brad and his friend were such an amazing supervisors guiding us on getting the job done right.
Partners as United Ways of Southeast Missouri and companies as at&t and bank of Missouri helps us keep going on fulfilling our goals and mission to provide affordable housing to these amazing well deserving families.
We thank all of our funded partners and volunteers who have extended their time and energy to spend on our houses. Without your support we could never accomplish our goal.
When you hear about volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, the first thought that might come to mind is a hammer and nails. While our volunteers that help with the actual construction of our homes are invaluable, so are the countless volunteers that help our organization in other ways as well.
Meet Mike Baughman. Mike, a truck driver from Perryville, MO, injured his back on the job. After a great deal of therapy, he was cleared to perform light duty work prior to being able to return to the rigors of his old job. Mike drives down from Perryville 4 days a week and volunteers at Habitat for Humanity’s Cape Girardeau Restore. Here, you’ll find him opening boxes, pricing items, placing items for sale on the store’s shelves, organizing items and more. Mike Baughman has been a great asset and an invaluable volunteer.
The Habitat vision sees a world in which everyone has a decent place to live. Our mission seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. We can only accomplish that mission with the help and support of caring volunteers that serve in a myriad of ways.
So, in the future, when you hear about volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, know that opportunities abound. Would you like to volunteer? Whether you pick up a hammer or a pricing gun, nails or pricing labels, a sheet of plywood or a mop, know that your willingness to serve as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity makes a very real difference!
Below is our recent feature in the Southeast Missourian!
As the Cape Area Habitat for Humanity’s home project in Jackson takes shape, two more have begun in Cape Girardeau.
Construction on a 1,100-square-foot residence at 828 James St. has been slow, Cape Area Habitat for Humanity executive director Al Stoverink said Wednesday, but it remains on schedule.
“It took a while to get all the utilities in, but [the building plans] are all as was laid out before,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of rain delays, as everybody else has, so it’s been pretty slow coming out of the ground.”
Rain even forced the group to hold its June 1 groundbreaking at the nearby Jackson Civic Center.
Stoverink said it hopes to have the home finished by Thanksgiving. The basement and exterior walls have been erected.
“Next, they’re started in on the interior walls, and we’ll be putting up trusses as they arrive over the next several days,” Stoverink said.
Meanwhile, Habitat for Humanity is building similarly sized houses at 1411 N. Clark Ave. and 1118 Ranney St. in Cape Girardeau.
“They’re pretty much the same house,” Stoverink said. “The house on Clark [Avenue] is also a walkout basement, but it won’t be a finished basement.”
The Ranney Street house, however, will be slab-on-grade.
The Cape Girardeau houses are expected to be finished about Christmas. Families have been approved for all three houses.
“That’s our plan,” Stoverink said. “We’ll see what the weather does to us. These things are kind of hard to predict … .”
The Jackson house is the 55th that Habitat for Humanity has built in the Cape Girardeau area, and Stoverink said his organization has no plans to slow down.
“We’ve got another house to get started on this fall,” he said. “So we’ll need lots of help and lots of donations and lots of volunteer hours.”
The great majority of construction on Habitat for Humanity houses is done by volunteers.
So far, Stoverink said it has had enough help, but with as many as four projects going on at once, he urged residents to lend a hand.
“The only way we could do this is with a lot of support from the community,” he said.
Before construction began, residents near the Jackson site complained about construction traffic in their neighborhood. But Habitat for Humanity, with the city’s help, was able to widen James Street.
“We were able to put a pretty wide swath of rock and cement mix along either side of the road where we’re working, so now we’ve got plenty of parking space there for our volunteers,” Stoverink said. “And we’re talking with the city [of Jackson] about how we might get that paved with asphalt as part of our next build in that area that we would like to do next summer.”
Habitat for Humanity ReStore has hosted many DIY projects in the past few months, the most recent being the Shimmering Wall Art project. This fun and easy project was led by Sandra Croule from Ipseity Creative.
This DIY theme was to create a wall decoration out of shims and mirrors (Sandra added another quick DIY of making trays out of the shims as well). We had about 12 kids aged 5-12 who participated in this workshop. According to the kids, painting the shims in different colors and placing them around the mirror was their favorite part of the project!
This project was as much fun to the parents and guardians as it was for the kids. Many shoppers who came with their kids later wanted to join the workshop and enjoyed it as well! The workshop was initially $10, included all materials needed and the kids were able to take the finish product with them.
We have held few other workshops in the past, and we are willing to host more workshops at ReStore if anyone is willing to volunteer with new ideas and creativity. We always have so many materials that can be repurposed or redesigned for better use!
Jim Plassman is a retired parole officer who started to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity Cape Area for past few years. He has worked on three houses built in Cape and Jackson neighborhood so far. He eagerly looks forward to work on the next three houses scheduled to build this year in Cape and Jackson area.
Along with helping build the houses, Jim has been a great asset for Habitat for Humanity ReStore as well. He has been giving ReStore his valuable time and skills to improve store layout in more than one ways. He took the lead in building the processing area wall, building shelves and creating more floor space for different big items as doors, bathroom accessories sinks etc. He also took part in three deconstruction projects we have had this year.
Jim always spreads positivity with his smile and energy. We feel blessed to have him as a volunteer!
Cape Area Habitat for Humanity has been a great organization to partner with. Their desire to help us fulfill the dream of owning our own home has opened so many doors for our family and has given us the courage needed to make other responsible financial and life decisions. Cape Area Habitat for Humanity has given our family the opportunity to take reasonable steps to get out of the mess we had made and pursue the American Dream. Thank You for the “hand up” to a better life for our family, our children, and our community!
We have lived in our Habitat for Humanity house for over 5 years and we couldn’t be happier. Thanks to Habitat, our family has a home of our own, that we helped build ourselves. Now our children can grow and thrive in a safe and affordable place. If it weren’t for Habitat, we might not have been able to build and own our beautiful home!
–John and Ashlei Sterling
Hello, my name is Bertha, and I am a Habitat for Humanity homeowner since 1998. It is a blessing to have the opportunity to be a homeowner, which is an American dream. I am thankful to this organization to give families this opportunity at an affordable cost to be homeowners. I try to get the word out to family and friends who are renters about going to the organization and fill out an application. Whether or not you feel as though your credit isn’t in the best of shape, at least if you are denied they will inform you on what you need to do to get it to where they can approve you. And the best thing about getting a home, besides getting a home, is the fact that you help build it from ground up. So Habitat for Humanity isn’t a charity where they just give you a helping hand, but a hand out to help you pull yourself up so that you have the opportunity as anyone else to be a homeowner.
So I say thanks to Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for introducing me to Habitat for Humanity!
My name is Renee Miller, I live at 1119 Cousin St in Cape Girardeau, Mo. My house was built in 2004 so I’ve been in my house for 10yrs. I loved building on MY HOUSE from the ground up watching step by step my house coming to life. Picking what I want in my house was great knowing that I’m paying on a house is great. Plus meeting different people that helped on my house putting in their love & blessing on this house was amazing. Thank you, Habitat, for this opportunity.