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Archive for Monday, December 13, 1999

S SWEAT EQUITY PAYS OFF

December 13, 1999

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A woman who is visually impaired and her two children are the recipients of the most recent Lawrence Habitat for Humanity home.

Marilyn Hunter, a visually impaired Lawrence woman who works at Lawrence High School, had a reunion Sunday with her teacher.

But this time the meeting place wasn't at school; it was in Hunter's new home, which her former teacher helped her build.

"We're just blessed to have our house done," said Hunter, whose Lawrence Habitat for Humanity home was dedicated on Sunday.

Mary Gordon, who has taught blind and visually impaired students for many years in Lawrence public schools, was Hunter's family partner in planning and building the home.

"It's nice to know Marilyn and her family have this beautiful home to live in. It's just wonderful," Gordon said.

The home at 1627 Wedgewood is a little more than 1,000 square feet, said George Schaeffer, executive director for Lawrence Habitat for Humanity.

Because Hunter is visually impaired, the house includes a few extra features such as more windows for extra light, a special stove, a thermostat with large numbers and under-cabinet lighting.

Hunter is a food server at LHS.

She has been living with her family.

She said she hopes she and her daughter, Melanie, 12, and son, Michael, 10, will be able to move into the house by Christmas.

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization that works with people in need to build and renovate simple, decent shelter. Habitat sells homes to recipients at no profit through interest-free loans.

Sunday's dedication was the 33rd Lawrence Habitat for Humanity home since the organization began in 1989.

"It used to be one or two a year when we first started," Schaeffer said. "This is just great."

-- Michael Dekker's phone message number is 832-7187. His e-mail address is mdekker@ljworld.com.

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