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More Pics of Melissa and Katherine's HOME

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I'm obsessed. I can't even begin to describe what this Christmas means to me. Everything is different this year. This tree and this house are so beautiful. I could stare at this sight all day. I shoveled my driveway twice today. Loved every second.

House NO. 31 is complete!

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Sorry there has been few post. All we can say is busy, busy, busy, all of us were to complete Melissa's house so her family could celebrate Christmas in their new home.  We did it! They are snug as a bug in their new home. Check out the photos. 

 

Speedy Summer

Melissa Jensen

WOW! Summer is flying by!

A short time ago, the lot looked like this...

June 2nd, 2016

June 2nd, 2016

Now we are looking at this!!!

July 18th, 2016

July 18th, 2016

I'm in such disbelief as to how far we've come on this house. We... *psh*. More like them! Jeff, George, RD and their crews have been so amazing in all the hard work they've done on the house. Tomorrow night, we're going to tour the house with our family and I'm pretty excited to show them how far it's gotten!

Next Wednesday, July 27th at 3pm, we will be having the house blessing. Short & Sweet little ceremony that I would love to see you at. Be there!!

 

Under Pressure

Melissa Jensen

I've always been a pretty self-sufficient person. When I was 4, I was able to read, get my own cereal, loved watching Dan Rather (my idol at the time), and was in love with Tom Selleck. When I was 8, I was able to make pancakes for my family, take care of my brother while we were home alone, and do dishes (if I was forced), and was in love with Kirk Cameron. When I was 13, I was able to make dinner for my family, babysit my cousins and family friends, read everything I could, do laundry and dishes. When I was 16, I took care of my recovering-from-surgery Grandma, doing everything she needed. By this age, I felt I was going to nail being a grown-up.

20 years later, I'm not feeling that way anymore. Some days I feel Super Single - a term my friends and I have coined for myself. A day where I can start a lawnmower, fix my friend's cable,  help move large objects, handle issues with credit card machines, design wedding invites. Some days I feel like I do today - inadequate, alone, tired. I'm struggling as a parent of my near-teenager. I'm struggling to stay motivated when I'm so tired of cleaning, working, going constantly. 

I know I'm not alone in this feeling. I'm sure every other single parent feels this way. I just want to know how they handle it. Thankfully, I'm in a good position to have a 3-day weekend ahead of me. Friday through Sunday, I'll have 2 family BBQ's, card games, hugs, laughs, ice cream, Lake Michigan, doggy snuggles. I am hoping all these things will refresh my tired mind.

Aside from my personal hubbub, the house work is coming along swimmingly well! They are all the way into putting up the insulation on the outside of the house. The gas lines were put in as well. Miss Katherine hosted a lovely video tour of the house after we spent a couple of hours cleaning up. We were hot and sweaty, but it's great to see all the wonderful work the volunteers and construction members have done!
 

Enjoy our video!

 

Raising the Roof!!

Melissa Jensen

Happy June!

June always signifies the start of Summer. Days at the lake, popsicles, lemonade, mowing the lawn...

I mowed my lawn! g

Needing a trim...

Needing a trim...

Well, me, a neighbor boy and a friend mowed the lawn.

 

Business up front, party in the back
Business up front, party in the back

Then today, a work crew from Anchor Construction (R.D.'s crew) came in a did some work with the trusses. 

 

A lot of wok!

 

Trusses and plywood up!!

Trusses and plywood up!!

Beautiful view inside the house today!

 

Beautiful day!

Beautiful day!

Tomorrow I will be writing a blog about life in general. 

Building Blitz Day # 3

Melissa Jensen

What a day! 

Such a great week. Today's group osf workers were from CR Construction, owned by Chad Root. I was not able to be at the site at all today, as I had the amazing pleasure of helping out at The Royal for the Habitat Golf Outing. So this afternoon, I was amazed!

me and my ride for the day

me and my ride for the day

what???!?

what???!?

Roof! Garage walls!

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Chad and his guys were amazing!!

My happy girl

My happy girl

Katherine and I were definitely excited to see the progress.

 

I'm exhausted from the fun I had today. Tomorrow is cement in the garage and front porch. :) 

Building Blitz - End of Day # 1

Melissa Jensen

What. A. Day! 

At the beginning of this morning, the lot looked very similar to how it's been for weeks - slab with no embellishments.

 

Then I came to drop off lunch - I was shocked!

Lunchtime Progress

Lunchtime Progress

Holy smokes! Those guys at Anchor Construction really knocked it out of the park. RD has a great group of guys.

  

Then I went after work to help clean up the site. AHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

 

End of Day # 1

End of Day # 1

I think I squealed! I freaked out!! Wow!!! 

Check out my video! Enjoy the progress. If you are able to stop by, please do!

Building Blitz, Building Blitz!

Melissa Jensen

What a week this will be!

Today is the first day of our Building Blitz this week. RD & Anchor Construction are working today towards getting walls up. 

Tomorrow will be Kevin Defever of Defever Construction and Wednesday will bring Chad Root of CR Construction. Off to bring lunch to our amazing crew of volunteers and builders! If you have a chance, stop by and check out the progress.

The Road Home with Habitat--By: Melissa

Melissa Jensen

Last year, on a whim of a chance of something, I went online and filled out some paperwork for Mecosta County’s Habitat for Humanity. Nothing major. It was really to see if I qualified. It doesn’t mean I’m chosen. It meant nothing. I learned long ago that you can’t get your hopes up.

It was one of those situations that you just take the chance in case something great can come from it. It didn’t cost me any money, and worst case scenario was a no.

I was very surprised when I received a call from Nicole at Michigan Habitat. We went over a few things with my credit report, told me what I should work on and see how it could build up from there. We worked together over the course of the next couple of months and I was able to raise my credit score. At that time, I figured that, if anything, I’m grateful to Nicole for her wonderful help in getting me on track financially. In August, she told me she was recommending me to the Mecosta County Habitat for Humanity Board for Partner Family Selection.

Wait… what? Me? Us? By us, I include my daughter Katherine into this conversation. Smart, sassy, funny, loving, and definitely my favoritest human being on the planet. I couldn’t believe it! We could possibly be the next partner family!

Again, I tried really hard to maintain being cautiously optimistic. Sorta failed, but tried. In hopes of nailing any and all requirements, I was asked to meet with the Board with Katherine. I wanted them to know who we were, what our story was (you’ll hear it another time), how truly appreciated this would be. I’d work hard and know that we were truly a partner in this.

I walked into meeting and started to tell a summarized version of my life story to people I had never met before. I was so nervous and emotional, all I could do was sit there and try to smile through crying. The idea that these people were possibly going to help us to buy our own home was a lot to handle. I left that meeting thinking that they thought I was a crazy person.

About three weeks later, I found out that the house we were renting was being sold. Another move. All I could do was put on the brave face for Katherine and assure her we’d be alright. I did that even though I was ready to cry for days. I should mention that between 2014 and 2015, I moved a total of 3 times. Not one of them was because we wanted to; we had no choice. This was in addition to the numerous times I had moved in my life. I’m definitely over the moving.

Two days later, around 9:00 pm, I received a call from the Executive Director, Barb, telling me we had been selected. We were the Partner Family for House # 31.

Sorry, I still tear up thinking about that moment. I cried, Barb cried. I called my brother. I called my parents. I called my best friend. I had to wait until the next day to tell Katherine when she came back from her Dad’s. She was in disbelief.

And just like that, it became a moment of when, not if. When we move in to our house, not if we get a house. That security, just in those words, makes a world of difference for us.

We couldn’t be more excited for our next move. We are constantly ticking off the days. Katherine had her last birthday not in the house. We had our last Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s not in the house. This will be our last spring not in the house. Our last spring not in our home.

Very soon now, we will start documenting all the changes to the house. Decisions we make. We can't wait to share them with you!

NEW WEBSITE!

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Barbara Seabolt, First Week On The Job-- December 2014!!

Hello, and welcome to our new and improved website! If you have been following us for a while, you already know that Mecosta County Habitat for Humanity (MCHFH) has had a lot going on! In the past year or so we hired our first ever Executive Director, Barbara Seabolt (author if this particular blog!) You will be able to learn more about all of our leaders, the Mission and Vision of our affiliate and our history right here on this new website.

On this site you will find information on our wonderful Resale Store which we relocated in September of 2015, from our original location on Northland Drive in Stanwood, to a much larger facility on the north side of Big Rapids on Northland Drive, (some of you may remember it as the old Marco Chrysler Dodge building.) This move increased our store size from 4,000 sq. ft. to 11,000, and our staff has been doing a wonderful job of making this store a warm and inviting place to shop and donate items to be sold to raise funds to assist us in expanding our contribution to the community. You will find more store information on this site, links to our Facebook Page, and arrange for a donation pickup as well.

We are starting some very important programs to increase our impact in this beautiful County of Mecosta. We are working with Habitat of Michigan to offer financial coaching services with a goal of providing the support needed to assist more families in moving toward the dream of home ownership. You will find the link to get you started under the Home Ownership tab. You will also find the on-line application for our newly launched A Brush with Kindness program. This program will allow us to assist current low income homeowners with critical home repairs.

We also have centralized our volunteer registration and volunteer scheduling through the use of Volunteer Matrix, found under our Volunteer tab. Using this system, our many committed volunteers, and all of you who are new to volunteering with MCHFH, will have the opportunity to complete our volunteer registration, search our current and ongoing projects, and schedule yourself or your group all through this website!

Look at our Photo Gallery tab to view photos and newspaper articles—spanning back through our 23+ year history. Under our Events tab, you will be able to see our many upcoming events, meetings and fundraisers. Of course we have information and link to allow you to make your financial donationon-line with an option of making a recurring gift.  

We are finalizing our three year strategic goals and plans in the next several months. We have designed this website to offer greater flexibility in our ability to communicate with you!  We look forward to keeping you updated on our initiatives and communicating with you all the ways we continue to expand in our ability to partner with this wonderful community.

We completed our build #30 in June of 2015 and our partner family is very happily living in their new home. We are very excited to be working with Melissa and Katherine, our latest partner family. Melissa will be sharing her Habitat Journey with all of us with her own Blog on this website. Melissa has many talents and a joyful exuberance--we are all in for a wonder ride with this family as follow along as house #31 comes to life!

To all of our fantastic dedicated community supporters, we say, thank you for your support of our affiliate over the last 23 years. To all of you new to MCHFH, we welcome you and look forward to getting to know you.

We are all excited about our future as we continue to realize our vision to “End Poverty Housing in Mecosta County.”   Thank you for checking out our new website. Please come back often--your support is ALWAYS appreciated. We are definitely all in this together!

“In our togetherness as a team, castles are built!” Irish Proverb