Owning a home is a difficult goal for many families achieve. On Monday, two local organizations announced they are joining together to help make that dream come true for more area families. They have already been able to help one family and they hope many more will follow.
The Wheeling Area Habitat for Humanity and the House of the Carpenter have entered into an agreement that will allow them to help more people receive safe, affordable housing in the Wheeling area.
Reverend Mike Linger is the Executive Director of the House of the Carpenter. He said he hopes that with this partnership, several houses will be built each year over the next 10 years.
“When you do the research into the difference that home ownership makes within a community, not only does it improve the lives of the children directly involved, they have a statistically greater chance of going to college. Statistically they have less of a chance drugs and alcohol abuse,” Linger said.
According to officials from the two groups, the first home to be built under will be on South Broadway Street on Wheeling Island. Michelle Poole of Wheeling and her three daughters were selected for the home.
“Michelle popped out at us because she is working a full-time job. She has a strong commitment to her girls,” Linger said.
“In my 45 years I never imagined that I would be a homeowner, but Habitat for Humanity and House of the Carpenter… they have made it possible for me and my family,” Poole said.
She added she is thrilled to be able to provide a home for her daughters. “They are very good girls. I’m so proud of them. They are good athletes. They are good students just all around and they deserve this.”
Habitat for Humanity and House of the Carpenter will hold an open house for volunteers on November 14th at the Stone Room at Wheeling Park.