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Habitat for Humanity Still Needs $20K To Break Ground on Home For Wheeling Family

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Habitat for Humanity of the Wheeling area is working to build their 19th home for a local family, and they are hoping to break ground sometime in November.

Bob Kennan, president of the local organization told 7News they have chosen a family, a working mom with three children.

A family selection committee takes on the task of finding hard working people who are still struggling and don't qualify for any of the loan programs for home ownership.

Cathy McWhorter fit that mold.

 "I'm greatly thankful for this opportunity for me and my children to own our own house," McWhorter told 7News.

 She chose the site, on 33rd Street in South Wheeling, a property already owned by Kennan and Kennan Realtors. However, before Kennan and the rest of his crew can break ground, they still have to raise another $20,000.

"It takes about $50,000 to build a house and of course that's a function to how many materials we can get donated," Kennan said.

When work starts on the house, Kennan said it could take anywhere between four to six months to finish. "It's a function of how many volunteers we get, how smoothly it goes, and the donation of materials and things like that."

With the momentum they have going, Kennan said he's optimistic that they will break ground in November.


The Habitat for Humanity-Wheeling Area Board of Directors announced Monday plans to begin construction on a new house for a Wheeling woman and her three children.

At a news conference held Monday afternoon, Bob Kennen, board president, said the Habitat Partner Family is headed by a working mother, who asks she not be identified, who has chosen a site on Thirty-Third Street in South Wheeling for the construction. She and her children currently reside in an apartment on Wheeling Heights.

The project will be named "The Soroptimist House" for the major manpower and financial support that the Soroptimist Society has given the organization this year. Major financial support also has been received from WesBanco Bank.

Kennen explained the 2012 construction project is being undertaken to commemorate the 25th anniversary celebration of Habitat for Humanity of West Virginia. The Wheeling Habitat group's last project was completed in 2009.

"The board is seeking donors and volunteers to help us make this new ‘build' as successful as possible," Kennen said. "Monetary donations, large and small, will be recognized. Work crew volunteers will be sought as well."