Habitat for Humanity

HBA members partner with Habitat For Humanity to build home in Joplin

JOPLIN, MO – The Home Builders Association of Southwest Missouri and Habitat for Humanity of Joplin Tuesday broke ground in a partnership to build a home for a local family. HBA member builders will provide project management, while associate members will provide volunteer labor to complete the home. A significant amount of material and supplies have been donated by HBA members and Habitat will provide any additional materials on behalf of the family they have qualified for their program.

“The National Association of Home Builders has a strong relationship with Habitat for Humanity International,” said Jerry Hickenbottom, HBA President. “We wanted to step up and do our part for the local Habitat group and they were very receptive to our involvement. If we can help move even one family closer to owning their own home, then we’ve accomplished the most important mission of the HBA. Our goal is to provide quality, affordable housing to families in all income brackets.”

Gary Philpot, Co-Chair for the project said “We’ve wanted to be involved with Habitat in a more significant way for some time now. We provided some volunteer labor for a couple of the Habitat homes several years ago, but the HBA Board was anxious to get involved in a more substantial way.”

“Member support for the project was unbelievable,” said Kerry Rose, Co-Chair for the project. “As soon as our associate members heard we were considering doing this project, the phone started to ring with donations of labor and materials. We’re proud to have such a strong sense of community involvement in our members.”

The Habitat project has been divided into seven phases, with a different contractor being responsible for each phase of the project. That contractor is responsible for coordinating the work effort and keeping the project on schedule. As he finishes his phase it is passed to the next contractor.

For more information about Habitat for Humanity, please visit their site http://www.joplinhabitat.org/