Habitat for Humanity -- Family hopes to move in by Thanksgiving

Friday, April 15, 2005
The Littrel family is looking forward to helping with the construction of the Southwest Nebrasaka Habitat for Humanity house, as they will make it their new home, hopefully in time for Thanksgiving Dinner. Bob Littrell holds 3-year-old Shaley while Kylene keeps two-year-old Logan secured. (Dawn Cribbs/McCook Daily Gazette)

Two-year-old Logan Littrell flung the front door open and called to a visitor: "Come in, come in."

Logan, his three-year-old sister, Shaley and mom and dad, Bob and Kylene, are excited about the new home they will help build beginning in late August or early September.

The Littrells are the Habitat family for the 2005 Southwest Nebraska Habitat for Humanity build.

They came to McCook three years ago from North Platte, though Bob is originally from Wauneta and Kylene is from Stapelton. Bob works at Kildare Lumber in McCook and Kylene operates her Party Lites Candle business from the couple's modest rental home on the east side of McCook.

The couple's two children are bundles of energy, excited about the changes, though they scarcely realize the full impact of the change for their family. The family hopes to be in the new home by Thanksgiving.

Habitat homes are unique in that the family that occupies them helps to build them and helps to build other Habitat homes in the future.

The benefit to the family is a no-interest mortgage on a clean, safe and affordable home.

Floor plans are devised based on household size. Donations and volunteer labor are key components in keeping the home affordable.

Southwest Nebraska Habitat for Humanity was initially envisioned by a men's group at a local church in 2001. A board was elected in April of that year, with incorporation soon following.

The first build was completed and occupied in the winter of 2003. The modest three bedroom house, located on West K Street, is home to Jesse, Becky and Josh Keenportz.

Families are selected by a stringent application process and community support is vital to the program.

Several fund raisers are in place, including a pancake feed sponsored by the Kiwanis Club Saturday, April 23, 8-1o a.m., at the Eagles Club, to provide funding for the build.

Kent Been, construction committee chairman, ex-pects construction to begin in late summer on the lot located on the 1400 block of West Fairacres.

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