Habitat completes 20th home
Habitat for Humanity West Hawaii held the home blessing ceremony for its 20th home Jan. 28. The new homeowner and Habitat partner family is Jim Helfenbein, a veteran living in Ocean View. Helfenbein has lived on the island for about 30 years, but now has a place to call his own.
In attendance at the blessing were Habitat staff members, neighbors, volunteers who worked on the house or provided food during build days, and most importantly, some of his closest friends.
The mortgage deed was then presented to Helfenbein. As a partner family, he will make his monthly mortgage payments to Habitat. Those mortgage payments go into Habitat for Humanity’s revolving fund — meaning the money goes toward building the next house. He is essentially paying it forward for the next family to own a home.
Deacon Sandy Honnold blessed the home, walking through each room with Helfenbein. Volunteers were recognized, and Helfenbein thanked everyone for being a part of this experience with him. Helfenbein has worked alongside Habitat staff and volunteers on the construction of his home since May. As part of the Habitat model, he fulfilled his required 500 sweat equity hours, highlighting the partnership.
Habitat is preparing to build in Kona, Waikoloa, Napoopoo, and complete repair work in Waimea this year. Many volunteers, food donation, and helping hands will be needed. To learn more or become involved in upcoming projects, contact Erin Stephens at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 331-8010.
Rules for posting comments
Comments posted below are from readers. In no way do they represent the view of Stephens Media LLC or this newspaper. This is a public forum.
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content but the newspaper is under no obligation to do so. Comment posters are solely responsible under the Communications Decency Act for comments posted on this Web site. Stephens Media LLC is not liable for messages from third parties.
IP and email addresses of persons who post are not treated as confidential records and will be disclosed in response to valid legal process.
Do not post:
- Potentially libelous statements or damaging innuendo.
- Obscene, explicit, or racist language.
- Copyrighted materials of any sort without the express permission of the copyright holder.
- Personal attacks, insults or threats.
- The use of another person's real name to disguise your identity.
- Comments unrelated to the story.
If you believe that a commenter has not followed these guidelines, please click the FLAG icon below the comment.