Homeowners Wanted!

Corona

Pictured above are Ashley Corona and sons Xander, Tyre and Brysen breaking ground for their new home to be completed this year.

We will be accepting homeownership applications Aug. 15 – Sep. 30, 2022 for our 2023 home.

If you, or someone you know is interested we encourage you to do three things:

  1. Read the basic qualifications on our “Do I Qualify for a Habitat Home” on our website. https://harveycountyhabitat.org/do-i-qualify/
  2. Reach out to our friends at Interfaith Housing and Community Services and apply for their “Creating Assets, Savings and Hope” program. https://www.interfaithks.org/cash (Do this if you hope to own a home, any home. Get started TODAY.)
  3. Attend one of our public information meetings. (Dates to be determined, stay tuned)

Meet our 2021 Homeowner

Barbara Merrifield and her son

Habitat for Humanity of Harvey County welcomes our newest Habitat homeowner partners, Barbara Merrifield and 5 year-old son Jonah.  Barbara heard about the Habitat program from a friend. She had been wondering for a while whether or not there was any way she could own her own home after years of renting.  Learning about Habitat gave her hope that it might be possible.

Barbara was born in Wichita, grew up in Salina and then Newton – so other than her 3 year term in the Army after graduating from Newton High School in 2005, she’s never strayed far from Kansas.  Her mother passed away in 2007, and since then Barbara rarely sees her extended family. They do have some older close friends that they spend time with.  Being a single parent has been a big challenge.  Barbara works hard to keep their little family on a schedule and maintains healthy boundaries between work, chores and playtime to make it all work.

She has been working for NMC Health for 3 years as an outpatient-inpatient insurance coordinator.  Prior to that she worked for Pine Village in Moundridge, and prior to that she was an in-home care provider for an adult with Downs Syndrome.

Barbara enjoys reading, spending time outdoors with energetic Jonah and occassionally they watch a movie together at home.  Jonah will be starting Kindergarten in the fall.  He loves running, is very curious and is very much a “people person.”  Noting that her email address contains the phrase, “Intentional Trust,” I asked Barbara if she would mind sharing with me the meaning of this for her.  She said it has to do with her daily faith walk, of mindfully remembering that God is in charge and what that means for her and her daily choices.

Please keep Barbara and Jonah in your prayers.  We look forward to getting to know this young family and supporting them as they build their new home.

If you know someone that would be interested in becoming a Habitat for Humanity homeowner, make sure they connect with us here or on Facebook!

Annual Fundraiser

Our FAMOUS SMOKED PORK CHOP DINNER – YUM!

Pork chop, potatoes, green beans, roll and dessert. This year we will serve drive-through carryout style.

NOVEMBER 19, 2020 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Faith Mennonite Church, 2100 Anderson Road, Newton

To make your RESERVATION and SCHEDULE your pick-up time call 316.416.5717 or email skoontz@bethelks.edu

Please RSVP by November 5th

We NEED your GENEROUS donations in order to build a Habitat home in 2021.

Thank you for supporting Habitat’s vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Introducing our 2020 Homeowner Partner Family

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It is with much gratitude and great joy that we introduce you to our 2020 Homeowner partners, David and Kyra Henry.  Like many Habitat applicants, they were initially unsure if they wanted to apply. Would they qualify? What if they didn’t, could they bear another disappointment, especially after a long year of many disappointments, heartbreaks and challenges? Luckily they decided to take the chance, and now here they are, taking their first steps toward home ownership.

David, who grew up in Salina, and Kyra, who grew up in Denver, both relocated to Newton several years ago to be closer to family.  They met through one of those family members, and it wasn’t long before they had fallen in love.  They began their journey together 13 years ago, and have been married for almost 7 years.

David has an adult son who has 5 year old twin boys, and a daughter who is almost 3.  Kyra and David try to stay as involved with them as they are with their two younger children, Amaris and Ella. Amaris is a 7th grader at Chisholm and excels in math.  In his spare time he enjoys skateboarding and riding his bike. He’s very resourceful, building his own ramps from neighbors’ castoffs.  Ella is a 1st grader at Sunset Elementary. She’s involved with Girl Scouts, takes ballet and is a self-proclaimed pop star, belting out her favorite songs on their front porch, not wanting to deprive neighbors of her gift.

David has worked for J & M Ag Service for over 10 years, repairing large ag equipment.  Kyra has been a CNA, waitress, and worked for Walmart. She currently stays home to care for her children and grandchildren.  She has had some physical challenges, but she has an indomitable spirit and has not allowed these challenges to defeat her. The love in their home is obvious, from the pictures and sayings on the walls, to the way they look at each other.

They attend Newton Christian Church and Kyra enjoys participating in their Women’s Encounter events. She also loves movies, in particular Disney movies.  She’s very excited about a March trip to Disneyland their family will be taking – a Christmas gift from their extended family.  David said his favorite three things are fishing, work and BBQ. In that order.

When asked if they had any challenges they had overcome that they were proud of and would be willing to share – they both looked at each other, and shifted in their chairs with obvious discomfort. They did not need to share anything that made them feel uncomfortable.  I sensed that they had a need to share their story, and how they were feeling a fresh sense of accomplishment with how far they had come. They shared a deeply painful, personal incident that occurred over a year ago. Kyra spoke of how angry they felt toward God. They have now released these things back to God, and have a new sense of His will for their lives, and a renewed sense of peace. The incident is far from over, their family will likely be dealing with the repercussions of it for a long time to come, but in the middle of this storm, they know God is good.

Being accepted as our next Habitat owner feels like further evidence of this truth.  They are eager and grateful to be part of our Habitat community. I hope you have the opportunity to meet them soon.

Thank You.

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We are grateful for yet another successful fundraiser. On Nov. 21st approximately 200 attendees enjoyed music by Mark & Gail Stucky, a delicious pork chop meal and a live auction moderated by Wade Brubacher. Thanks to our attendees, donors, volunteers and others, we raised approximately $20,000 again this year. We cannot thank you enough. This goes a long way toward building a house every year in Harvey County for a grateful family, like our 2019 family, the Fehr’s pictured here.

If you have not yet joined this most worthy of causes, we hope you will connect with us, and we’ll find a place to put you to work. You’ll be glad you did.

Ribbon Cutting; Home Dedication; Public Meeting; Fundraiser

There will be a Newton Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting at our newest home, 408 E. 5th, on Wednesday, Nov. 6th at 4:00pm. The following Sunday, Nov. 10 at 4:00pm will be the Home Dedication. The public is invited.

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We are accepting homeowner loan applications for our 2020 home. To receive an application, please attend a public meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 7:00pm – at the Newton Recreation Center.

Anyone interested in learning more about Harvey County Habitat for Humanity may join us as well.

A Spanish interpreter will be available.

If you cannot attend this meeting, and you feel you meet the basic qualifications found on our “Do I Qualify” page – please call 620-869-5124 and an application can be delivered to you. All completed applications MUST be returned by Nov. 30, 2019. No late applications will be accepted.

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Our Annual Fundraiser is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 21 at 6:30pm. This enjoyable, by-donation event includes a delicious pork chop dinner, music by Gail & Mark Stucky, and a live auction! We hope you can join us. Free tickets are available from your favorite Harvey County Habitat for Humanity Board member, or call Michele at 620-869-5124 to reserve yours today.

408 E 5th – Work dates and groundbreaking ceremony

We can use around 25 volunteers on Saturday, May 4, for building walls and erecting. We need experienced carpenters as well as persons who can assist by carrying material and help with lifting. Appropriate clothing for these jobs is recommended. Bring gloves, hammer, tape measure, pencil, nail pouch, etc. We will find tasks for all who come. I will be calling for skilled lead persons to direct certain tasks.


Also, at 10:00am on the 4th we will have a formal groundbreaking ceremony. Even if you can’t come to work, we hope you’ll join us for this special time of celebration!


On Saturday, May 18, we could use about 10-12 individuals for more carpentry tasks. Work on both dates will commence at 8:00 am and conclude about 2:00 or 3:00 pm, depending on how many volunteers participate.

Fundraiser Update

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Our 2018 Fundraiser was the best one yet! Thank you to the generosity of our attendee’s and auction item donors, we raised over $20,000. We had some fun along the way too. Please put a reminder on your calendar for November 2019, so you too can join the fun. Exact date to be determined, but it is generally held on the 3rd Thursday.  Stay tuned…

HCHH Annual Fundraiser

November 15th, 2018
6:30pm at Faith Mennonite Church

Our annual fundraiser this year features a delicious pork chop meal, music by The Book of Jebb, and a live auction. Contact us to reserve your tickets or notify any Board member. We thank you for your generous support, we couldn’t fulfill our mission without YOU. We look forward to seeing you there!