Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity of Nodaway County officials stand with Mikeala McCoy, right, and her family Monday at a groundbreaking for McCoy’s new home. This year, the students of the building trades program at Northwest Technical School will help complete the home. On the left side of the sign are Twila Ellis, McCoy’s grandmother, and Noah Pierson, McCoy’s brother, who will also be living in the home with Mikeala and her daughter Kimberlynn, right.

MARYVILLE, Mo. — Habitat for Humanity of Nodaway County on Monday celebrated a new partnership and the beginning of constructing its 12th home.

The recipient of the home, Mikeala McCoy, will be living in the first house built in conjunction with the building trades program at Northwest Technical School, a new partnership this year. The Habitat and Maryville R-II school district boards approved a memorandum of understanding in April that will help local students acquire profession-based learning while completing the home by June 2021.

Habitat for Humanity of Nodaway County is a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian housing ministry that seeks to eliminated poverty housing and invites people from all walks of life to work in partnership to build houses with individuals and families in need. It offers partner families an opportunity to help themselves, according to a press release, and to own a decent, affordable home of their own which they pay for and maintain.

Partner families invest hundreds of hours of “sweat equity” into building their homes and the homes of others. The houses are sold at no profit and with no interest charged. Mortgage payments are placed in a revolving fund and used to finance additional houses. Volunteers provide the labor, and individuals, churches and corporate sponsors provide the money and materials to build Habitat houses.

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