Friday, June 4, 2004

Habitat ready for Woman Build House

Newnan-Coweta Habitat for Humanity’s first Women Build House will be constructed in honor of Mrs. Jean Daane. The affiliate’s Board of Directors along with the Women Build Committee voted unanimously to honor Mrs. Daane, a board member, past president and long time volunteer with NCHFH.

“There is no question that Jean is the perfect choice for this honor,” stated Suzanne Pengelly, current president of the BOD. “It has been a privilege to work with and learn from Jean’s experiences during her tenure with the organization. Jean truly has compassion for those in need and her goodness and dedication resonate throughout our partner families in this community,” adds Pengelly. Jean was a driving force behind Habitat for Humanity in Coweta County for years.

“The first recorded minutes in our office from November 1993 show Mrs. Daane present and she remained part of the Board until 2001,” commented Melanie Gross, executive director. “The mention of her name to anyone, homeowner or volunteer, always brings a smile and a very warm response.”

Loretta Levell is a Habitat homeowner who moved into her house on Jefferson Street in 1997. “Mrs. Jean is like a second mother to me,” she said. “When my mom passed away in 1996, she stepped into her place, asking after my kids, and always putting others before herself.”

Rosemary Colton, who moved into her home with her husband Willie in 2000, simply called her “a Godsent angel.”

The Women Build Project will follow a different work schedule than builds have in the past. “We’re going to work on the house three days each week, Thursday through Saturday, for four weeks,” said Gross. “The first work day will be Sept. 9. We especially hope that this schedule will allow some of our busy mothers to come out and work while kids are in school.”

As a fundraising event, the planning committee has organized a Tea and Tour with a gift boutique and silent auction at four different historic homes in Senoia Sunday, June 13. Tea times begin at either 1 p.m. or 3 p.m.

Tickets for the event are $25 and are available at Gail’s Antiques in Senoia, Newnan Antique Market in Newnan, Virtu in Peachtree City, or The Quilting Bee in Fayetteville. All proceeds will go to the Women Build House Project.

Peachtree City United Methodist Church has already contributed $15,000 of the total $50,000 needed for sponsorship. Financial contributions as well as in-kind donations are welcome.

“This is going to be an fun and exciting build,” Gross added with a smile. “To be able to build it in Mrs. Jean’s honor makes it that much more special.”

For more information about the build and how you can help, contact Newnan-Coweta Habitat for Humanity at 770-252-9049.

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