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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!

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!

-Paul Aydelott

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

April 21, 2016

Renee’s Story

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.