Work is underway on a new Habitat For Humanity house on Church Street in Providence, but organizers are still in need of both volunteers and donations to help bring the project to completion.

This is the first Habitat house built in Webster County in more than twenty years, and the newly refounded Webster County Habitat for Humanity is working under the guidance of Hopkins County Habitat for Humanity. This is the 89th house built since the Hopkins County organization was founded.

Hopkins County executive director Heath Duncan said that typical home construction projects take roughly four months from start to finish, but the timing will be determined largely by the amount of volunteers the project gets and the amount of donations.

Duncan said the Providence house is short on both donations and volunteers. Anyone interested in helping out with either can inquire at the Providence city building.

Another way interested parties can help out is by attending the Help Build Hope event in the parking lot of the Providence General Baptist Church on Saturday, September 28.

The event will give locals a chance to "buy" lumber that will be used in the house. They can then paint it or decorate it with inspirational messages. The boards will then be used on site to frame the walls of them home.

After being prayed over, the frames will then be transported across town to the build site.

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