20th Habitat house ground broken

NaCole Wakefield and her daughters. From left: Layla, NaCole Wakefield, Bricker and Sophie.

The ground was broken Sunday for the 20th Habitat House to be built in Arkansas City at 119 S. C St.

NaCole Wakefield and her family of three girls will be the residents of the home. She and her children were on hand for the groundbreaking, each managing a shovel to share in the event.

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit Christian housing ministry whose vision is to provide a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat for Humanity Int’l was established in 1976, and the Habitat for Humanity Arkansas City affiliate began building homes in 2000.

The funds for constructing the homes are provided through donations and fundraisers. Lead Sponsorship Donor, The Robert Warrender Trust, which is administered by Trustee, Wayne Hamilton, is once again providing a $10,000 lead donation for this year’s project.

This is the fifth home that Robert Warrender Trust has been the Lead Sponsorship Donor, having provided funding for a nine homes thus far in Arkansas City. Volunteer manpower and donated services by trade professionals is used to build the homes.

Each house is sold to the chosen family for approximately two thirds of its market value and the recipient is also required to provide 300 hours of sweat equity during construction. No closing costs or interest are charged on the mortgage. Families are chosen through an application and review process based on need and financial ability to repay the mortgage.

NaCole, with children, Sophie, 11, Layla, 9, and Bricker, 7, are very much looking forward to the construction of their new residence, which will include four bedrooms and two baths. NaCole, a native Ark Citian, is the attendance secretary at the Ark City High School. In light of the current COVID-19 situation, she agreed that school life has very much changed since she started the job three years ago.

She and the girls, as well as some family members, plan to provide the work hours (sweat equity) required with the purchase of the home. NaCole located the lot that this house is being constructed on, which was owned by Twin Rivers Developmental Supports. Habitat contacted Lara McGrew, CEO of Twin Rivers, regarding a possible donation of the site for a Habitat home. The Twin Rivers board was supportive of assisting Habitat in that way and agreed to donate the lot for NaCole’s new home.

Volunteers will be on hand soon to begin construction, with completion anticipated before spring.

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