Churches, community make Habitat workers welcome

Posted: Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Central Peninsula Habitat for Humanity recently had the pleasure of hosting a Global Village work team 19 individuals from across the country that came together to help build our area's 12th Habitat home. The team worked and played hard during their time on the Kenai Peninsula, enjoying the hospitality provided by local residents. Our Habitat affiliate would like to thank those who provided so much to make their trip a success. Local contributions to the team's stay allowed them to keep their expenses down, thereby leaving the local affiliate with a larger monetary donation for further building.

We give a big thanks to United Methodist Church of the New Covenant in Kenai, who generously donated lodging, including kitchen facilities, to our team for two weeks. Your congregation has always welcomed our work teams with open arms; we appreciate your continued support. Thank you to PayLess Car Rentals and Hertz for your help in providing transportation. We thank the Kenai Recreation Center and Kenai Wash-n-Dry for warm showers and laundry facilities. Thank you to Clark Fair for taking our team hiking, showing them the remote beauty of the Kenai Peninsula. For lunches provided on the work site and dinners provided in your churches, we thank: Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Kenai, Soldotna United Methodist Church, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Soldotna, Christ Lutheran Church, Sue Stein, Laura Favretto, Duane Bannock, Barb Ticknor, Barbara Waters, Shelly McGahan, Jim and Bev Welborn, Chris and Deanna Duck, McDonald's of Kenai, Arby's, Jersey Subs, Pizza Hut, Paradisos Restaurant, and all who helped them prepare food for our hungry crew. Special thanks go to Jennifer Waters Tick-nor and her family for the hours spent arranging the teams' lunches and having an "open door" policy with her own home next to the work site.

The goal of the team is to spread the mission of Habitat and that is shown most obviously through their work at the site. The team's own leaders were Bob and Leslie Bell, former Alaskans, and tireless advocates for Habitat's mission of eliminating substandard housing. Bob and Leslie are the originators of Habitat's Global Village program in Alaska (to later include the entire U.S.); we were privileged to have them lead our team. Thank you to Ingrid Edgerly of Ingrid's Inn B & B in Kasilof for providing them a night of respite before beginning this second of five teams they are leading in Alaska this summer. The work team was fortunate to have the construction supervision of Bill and France Moriarty, RVers from Florida who volunteered their time since May to supervise the majority of this build. The high quality of the home is evidence of Bill's construction and leadership abilities.

All too often, we fail to recognize the hero in our own midst. For her consistent dedication to the local Habitat affiliate and hours far beyond the call of duty both at the office and the work site, we thank our administrator, Terri Daly. She has been a positive, consistent presence, keeping us on schedule and informed as board members and coordinators come in and out of town. Thank you, Terri.

It is the cooperation of these generous community members, businesses and organizations that make the Kenai Peninsula a valuable place to live and enjoyable place to visit. We thank you all.

Elizabeth Scarlett , Global Village coordinator, Central Peninsula Habitat for Humanity

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