Nikki Tobias from the Jackson County Habitat for Humanity and is shown with Jimmy Mock, president of the Jefferson Lions Club.

Nikki Tobias spoke on Jackson County Habitat for Humanity at a recent meeting of the Lions Club.

Jimmy Mock introduced Tobias, who presented the program at the Jefferson City Club House.

Ms. Tobias said Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope; and she presented the following statistics: Of the people purchasing a home with Habitat for Humanity's help: 74percent of the people say they are better able to save money; 70 percent say their reliance on public assistance is decreased; 74 percent say they feel confident they'll be able to fund their kids' college education; and 98 percent feel their quality of life is as good or better than before buying a home.

She said that criteria for Habitat for Humanity in selecting persons to assist with purchase of a home is: 1. Need: too many people living in home they are in; landlord may not make needed repairs. 2. Ability to pay mortgage and taxes 3. Willing to partner with Habitat for Humanity -- the person must put in so many hours of work in the building of their own home.

She said that Habitat for Humanity locally will build 2 1/2 houses this year; they accept work from persons who are community service applicants. They also accept donated land. Tobias said that Habitat for Humanity, in addition to building new homes, may be able to make critical home repairs such as roofing, handicap ramp, changing tub to walk-in-showers, or widen doorways to allow for wheelchair access.

She also said that Habitat for Humanity has a ReStore to help with raising funds. She asked that we consider donating unneeded items to the ReStore or shopping there or volunteering there. Habitat for Humanity needs   construction managers, overseers for jobs, board  members, committee members, and family advocates, she stated.

Tobias said that one could follow Habitat for Humanity on

social media; consider donating to the ReStore online at

jacksoncountyhfh.org or write a check and mail to

P. O. Box 424, Jefferson, Ga. 30549.


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