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Shawnee Habitat house No. 13 dedication
Photo by Chele Marker
SHAWNEE, Okla. —
Partner Family members, volunteers and friends of Habitat
for Humanity of Shawnee, Inc., gathered to dedicate the property
that will soon hold its newest home during a blessing Thursday,
September 9, 2009.
Father Don Wolf, pastor of St. Benedict’s
Catholic Church in Shawnee, led the blessing.
included a prayer for the property, the family which will own the
home and the workers who will construct the house on site. Richard
and Anita Codopony, one of the Partner Families of Habitat for
Humanity of Shawnee, Inc., will be the homeowners of the property on
Habitat for Humanity Partner Families commit
to invest in their new home through “sweat equity,” home ownership
education, on-time payments and home repair and maintenance.
Sweat equity includes construction work on, or in support of,
Also at the event, Mrs. Codopony drew the name
of the winner of a quilt donated by Carolyn Haywood and Mary Ellen
Johnson as a fundraiser for Shawnee Habitat.
The winner was
Joyce Stewart, who purchased her raffle ticket when the quilt was
displayed at Richards Drug, Inc., on Main Street in
A House Blessing
from the Shawnee Habitat Board President
weeks ago a group of children and teens from my church in Shawnee
loaded up the vans and carpooled over to the Kendell Habitat sites.
Our purpose was to pray a blessing on the families who would soon be
inhabiting these homes. So as our kids gathered around in a circle
under the stars (and curious neighbors peeked out their windows) we
prayed an old Celtic prayer of house blessing:
God Bless the corners of this house, and be the lintel
blessed. And bless the hearth, and bless the board, and bless each
place of rest, bless each door that opens wide to strangers and to
kin. And bless each crystal windowpane that lets the sunshine in.
And bless the rooftree overhead and every sturdy wall the peace of
humanity, the peace of God, the peace of love to all.
good times to be a part of Shawnee Habitat for Humanity. As the
weather improves this spring, we will be finishing up a home for a
single mother and her infant son and beginning construction on a
home for a family with four children and a baby on the way. The
impact this has on these families and the neighborhoods these new
homes are built in is an unfolding reality. Your donations and
volunteer spirit makes it possible. Thank you for every ounce of
help. You make a difference.
Tim Sean Youmans
Habitat for Humanity of Shawnee, Inc. is an affiliate of
Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit housing ministry
based on Christian principles.
We welcome those of any faith-or no faith-to join in the work
of building simple, decent, safe and affordable houses in
partnership with God's people in need.
To contact HfH International, write to 121 Habitat Street,
Americus, GA 31709-3496, or go to their web site at http://www.habitat.org
on our current project