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Page 2C September 5, 2018 Rei orter Pruitt F0rsyth shares school supplies All summer long the employees at Pruitt Health Forsyth brought in school supplies to donate to the children of Monroe County. Some families of residents at Pruitt Health Forsyth joined in collecting school supplies for local children, too. By the time to start a new school year, Pruitt Health Forsyth was able to fill 33 backpacks with supplies and give them to students in the community. There were backpacks for grades K-12. "We had a lot of fun see- ing all the kids' excitement as they picked out their bookbags" said Rebecca Minter, Administrator. "We hope to make this an annual drivel" By Anna Grace Simmons Mary Persons FFA Chapter started the 2018-19 school year off with an amazing turnout to their recruitment cookout this year. There were approximately 110 mem- bers and guests present to eat and have Left to right, are Jessica Hammock, Tyler Faulk, Ashton Hooks, Austin Wiggins, Anna Grace Simmons, Matthew Marshall, and Tyannah Ogletree. They are the Mary Persons FFA Chapter officers for this school year. some fun on the school farm. The mem- bers of FFA played games like volleyball, football, horseshoes, comhole, and even had a water balloon fight. They retumed to the school and met up with family, friends, and other members to eat and get up to date on what is coming up in FFA this year. A special thanks to the Monroe County Farm Bureau for sponsoring this cookout and preparing hamburgers and hotdogs. Also, thank you to the FFA Alumni for helping make this possible. FFA believes this is a great start is looking forward to what is to come. By Diane Glidewell Monroe County Habitat for Humanity has three lots where it could build homes and applicants who want homes and qualify under Habitat's guidelines, but it does not have any money to use for building. Tammy Rafferzeder, Director of Monroe County Habi- tat, told Monroe County Family Connection on Aug. 14 about Habitat and the local chapter's 2018 Capital Campaign, Partners 500. Monroe County Habitat for Humanity was formed in 1985. It became inactive for a while, but came back to life in 2009. It has builtl4 houses, rehabilitated one house and assisted about 30 homeowners with repairs. Rafferzeder said there is a des- perate need in Monroe County for the assistance Habitat gives in home ownership, but Habitat has no funds for building. The three lots it has were donated in the early 2000's. She said that over IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII 700 students in Monroe County Schools are classified as homeless, not meaning that they are living on the streets but that they are living with a relative, in a motel, in substandard housing or in other conditions that do not constitute a stable home. Rafferzeder volunteered with Monroe County Habitat for several years before accepting the position as its director. She said it has a base of only six or seven volunteers right now and is always looking for more people who would like to donate their time and talents. Monroe County Habitat is restricted to helping residents of Monroe County, although it was able to help with home repairs in one severe circumstance just across the line in Lamar County. There is no Habitat for Human- ity in Lamar or Butts counties, and the Habitat in Upson County recently dissolved. Rafferzeder would like to see Monroe County Habitat grow to serve the region, but first it needs funding to serve IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII local housing needs. Habitat for Humanity grew out of a community farm near Americus, Ga with volunteers working beside families in need of adequate shelter to build decent, affordable houses at no profit. New homeowners got no- interest loans, and their payments combined with fundraising helped build more houses. After building homes in Zaire, Africa for three years, the group became Habitat for Humanity International in 1976.The mission .is "to put God's love into action" "with a vision where everyone has a decent place to live? Rafferzeder said to qualify for a Habitat house, a family must be living in inadequate housing, be willing to partner to build the house and have the ability to repay the mortgage on the house. Habitat houses cost $45,000- $65,000 to build. Habitat families must commit to at least 500 hours of sweat equity; 300 hours must be in construction, but the other 200 hours can be in learning how to maintain the house and in financial literacy classes. Interest on the mortgage is computed at 6.3 percent, but as the homeowner makes regular monthly payments, which aver- age about $260 per month, the interest is reduced until it disap- pears with the final payment. The income level for a family of four to qualify for a habitat house in Monroe County is $32,000. Tammy Rafferzeder speaks to Monroe County Family Connec- tion about the local Habitat for Humanity After the economic downtum in 2008, many homeowners that were able to keep up mortgage payments and hold onto their homes were not able to keep up maintenance and repairs. Without funds to build houses, Monroe County Habitat has found a need it can fulfill in help- ing these homeowners, especially the aged and disabled, to renovate their houses. 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