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April 30th

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A Grain Valley woman and volunteers with Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity worked together to paint her home and improve the landscaping.

The woman asked that her name and address not be used. She lives in a neat ranch style home not far from the center of town.

This is not her first encounter with Habitat, which helps people with limited incomes realize the dream of home ownership. The woman in Grain Valley helped build her home and financed it in 1995. She moved in with a 10-year-old son and a six-year-old daughter, then paid off the mortgage in 2015. She now lives with her four-year-old grandson.

Habitat for Humanity is famous for its "sweat equity" program in which the new homeowner helps reduce costs by providing some of the labor during construction.

"My mother and I painted the entire exterior of the home," the woman said. "I did a lot of different things, including building and clean-up. For this new project I contributed sweat equity by providing lunches to the volunteers at the job site last weekend. I also helped with the landscaping."

The woman says she gets a lot of comfort knowing she and her family have a safe, secure home that is paid for.

Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity built nine houses in Grain Valley between 1994 and 2004. In 2014 and 2015 they completed three roofing projects. In the near future, Habitat expects big things with its Brush With Kindness program, which helps people with minor and critical home repair projects.

Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity serves all of eastern Jackson County. For 2016, volunteers are working on one home construction project, four rehab construction projects and 45 Brush With Kindness weatherization projects.

More information is available at www.trumanhabitat.org.
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Wayne GeigerIf anyone is interested, the 2016 Habitat for Humanity Prayer Breakfast is coming up on May 5. www.trumanhabitat.org/Prayerbreakfast.html

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