Habitat To Turn Over Keys To Its Fifth Local House


Payson Habitat for Humanity invites everyone to attend the dedication and open house of its fifth Payson house. The ceremony will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 29 at 2704 W. Palmer Drive (out past Payson Airport in Country Club Vistas).

This house was built in partnership with the Gary McNeil family and Lumberman's Building Centers in Star Valley. PAHH began its program in 1995 to build decent, affordable and healthy houses for people in the Payson area with low to moderate incomes, unable to obtain conventional financing. Five homes have been completed, housing eight adults and 12 children. The family for the sixth house has been chosen. It is anticipated that construction in partnership with them will begin next spring.

The dedication ceremony will feature remarks by Mayor Vern Stiffler, retired Pastor Don Gagnon, PAHH President Fran Doering, Family Partnership Chairperson Sandra Duncan, and Construction Chairman Randy Kaufman. A representative from the Kiwanis Club of Zane Grey Country will conduct a flag presentation ceremony.

Other invited participants include a representative from Lumbermen's Building Centers, and youth from Horizon Presbyterian Church of Phoenix and First Baptist Church of Scottsdale. Witness, a musical group from United Methodist Church, will perform. Also appearing will be Narrow Path, a Payson Christian band which includes Joey Johnson, son of PAHH's house #2 homeowner.

Shuttle provided

There will be refreshments and a tour of the house following the ceremony. A shuttle service will be provided. Parking will be at Alpine Family Dentistry (Dr. Harold Rush), located at the corner of Airport and McLane Roads, with overflow parking available at Rock of Ages Lutheran Church at the same intersection. The shuttle will commence service at 1:15 p.m. Vans are being provided by Chapman Auto Center and Mount Cross Lutheran Church.

The English tradition of "pounding" a new homeowner will be observed. Please consider bringing a pound or package of something to honor the McNeils, a family of four with two teen-age sons. Non-perishable food, laundry supplies, cleaning products are just some of the suggestions.

For more information, call the PAHH office at 474-0330.

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