Grant Will Help Build Next Habitat House


The Payson Area Habitat for Humanity recently received a $5,000 grant from the Thomas P. Waters Foundation.

Bob Charameda, president of PAHH, said the money will be used in building House 10, which is now under construction.

"At a recent meeting of the Trustees of the Thomas P. Waters Foundation, a decision was made to support the worthwhile work that your organization is doing ... We trust that these funds will be helpful in furthering your cause," wrote Jean M. Smith, administrative assistant of The Glenmede Trust Company in a letter that accompanied the news advising PAHH of the grant award.

The grant was supported by Elyse and Kenneth Waters, long-time supporters of PAHH since moving to Payson from Texas. Kenneth Waters is one of four sons of the late Thomas P. and Dorothy Waters. He, his brothers, their wives and children are given portions of the trust to donate to causes of their choosing.

Groundbreaking ceremonies for House 10 is at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 14. Work at the 404 W. Jones Drive site has been under way for more than a month, including getting the lot cleared, installing underground utilities and setting the foundation.

The ceremony is to symbolically signal the construction of the house that will be the new home of Leah and Paul Leneberg and their two children. The family is working with PAHH to build the three-bedroom house.

Charameda will officiate at the ceremony, which will include remarks by Kathy Neblett, PAHH Family Partnership Chairperson, and Associate Pastor Glen Galster of the First Baptist Church of Pine.

Shuttle service to the ceremony will be provided from the Rock of Ages Lutheran Church, at the corner of McLane and Airport Roads. The service is offered from 9:15 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Bright green directional signs will be posted for the convenience of those wishing to participate. There will also be refreshments.

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

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