Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Habitat for Humanity establishes Blaine chapter

Express Staff Writer

Habitat found a new habitat.

A Blaine County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity was approved March 1 by the national housing development organization.

The new Blaine County Habitat Chapter will work under the umbrella of the Twin Falls-based Magic Valley Affiliate, which has been responsible for construction of 11 homes. The local board is composed of eight community leaders.

"It's an important step, and now we can get going," said chapter co-chair Lizabeth Anderson.

The budding chapter is excited about branching out and working with other nonprofit organizations such as Advocates for Real Community Housing and Wood River Land Trust to improve the availability of affordable housing in the Wood River Valley.

Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical housing ministry whose objective is to eliminate poverty housing from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. By having affluent and disadvantaged people work together in equal partnership, Habitat "builds new relationships and a sense of community as well as new houses."

Funding comes from individuals, churches, corporations and foundations.

Further information about the Blaine County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity can be obtained in writing at P.O. Box 994, Ketchum, ID 83340.

The Blaine County chapter's eight-member board includes Maryanne Whitcomb, Bequel Smith, Gordon Harfst, Art Dahl, Carolyn Wicklund, Lizabeth Anderson, James Gonzales and Rebekah Helzel.

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