The Richmond Register

June 14, 2013

Sponsors still needed for 99th Habitat home

Building on faith

By Crystal Wylie
Register News Writer

RICHMOND — The future home of Richmond native Uniquca Abrams and her daughter Da’Myah, 4, is being built on faith, said Judy Flavell, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Madison & Clark Counties.

“On faith means funds are still needed to help pay for the construction,” she said.

With no church or corporate sponsor for the home, “We plan to move forward with the ‛good old plan’ — community prayer and support,” said Tiesha Douglas, resource development director for Habitat.

Uniquca is a Madison Central High School graduate who works as a nurse assistant at Baptist Health in Richmond. Her three-bedroom home at 1021 Isaac Drive in Richmond is scheduled to be completed sometime in mid-August, Douglas said.

More than 60 volunteers have been working on the project since April.

A group of 21 students from Mercy High Schools in Michigan came for a week during their “alternative spring break” to build the walls inside Habitat’s warehouse.

This group of high schoolers have traveled to Kentucky to volunteer for Habitat over the past several years, Douglas said.

On June 1, members of St. Mark Catholic Church Knights of Columbus helped move the completed walls to the build site where volunteers and construction crew were waiting to piece it together.

The crew included long-time volunteer Bob Bachmann and Habitat homeowner Rosetta Trammel. Bachmann worked along side Trammel to build her Richmond home in 1997.

Richmond City Commissioner Robert Blythe also came out to perform the “Blessing of the Walls” and to help with construction. Blythe is the pastor of First Baptist Church on Francis Street, where Uniquca and Da’Myah are members.

Work will continue this weekend on the home’s roof and then on siding the following weekend.

In the meantime, Habitat is searching for sponsors, Douglas said.

A fundraiser is scheduled for July 15, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Partners II Pizza, 2008 Merchant Drive, Richmond. A buffet will be served and all profits made during those hours will go directly to the construction of Uniquca and Da’Mya’s home.

This will be the 99th Habitat home built in Madison and Clark counties.

Crystal Wylie can be reached at cwylie@richmondregister.com or 623-1669, Ext. 6696.