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'Wonderful gift' to Habitat

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Trim Masters Foundation, Inc. gives $10,000

By Robin Bass

Representatives from Trim Masters Charitable Foundation, Inc. were on the receiving end of happy handshakes, and even a couple of hugs, as they presented Spencer County Habitat for Humanity with a check for $10,000 Monday afternoon.

“What a wonderful gift!” said Scott Street, president of the local Habitat affiliate, calling the donation an answer to their prayers.

Earlier this summer, Habitat board members took a tremendous leap of faith when they voted to proceed with building a second home. Knowing that funding was roughly $10,000 short, board members voted to continue with construction. They felt certain God would provide – even if that meant taking out personal loans or, again, reaching into their own bank accounts. Street said the decision by Trim Masters to make such a large donation could only be described as providence.

“At a time when the economy is not flourishing, it is good to know there remain corporations willing to support the idea of offering a hand up, not a hand out to deserving citizens in our county,” said Street.

Trim Masters Vice President Steve Hesselbrock said this is not the first time the automotive supplier has given to Spencer County Habitat for Humanity. In the affiliate’s young existence, Trim Masters Foundation, Inc. has donated on three occasions for a total of $20,000. Hesselbrock said the foundation regularly gives to community organizations such as schools and fire departments. Other examples of the foundations philanthropic pursuits include donations to help Relay for Life raise funds for cancer research and providing weekend food for low income students through a program called Backpack Buddies.

“Habitat is the purest form of good neighbor,” said Hesselbrock, “that they do is for the good of the community and brings the community together.”

The affiliate’s second build will provide Habitat family partner Melissa Davis the opportunity to purchase the home at a more affordable price.

The actual cost of the home will be kept at a minimum because the land,

and much of the materials and labor are donated.

Before the presentation, Street, Hesselbrock and Trim Masters Human Resource Manager Mike French a brief tour of the building site in Little Mount. Concrete footers that were poured a month ago now hold the small home’s cinder block foundation. Volunteer crews are scheduled to begin constructing the floor this Saturday, assembling the walls the following weekend. Progress this year on Habitat’s second home has been stalled by both weather and funding.

Street said the generous donation would insure that the young affiliate’s goal of completing their second home will be met.

“This donation moves us one step closer to completing a home for Missy and her family,” said Street.

Davis and her four children – Devan, 13; Jonathon, 12; Adam, 8 and Kara, 2 – are currently living with her parents in Fairfield. They share a double-wide mobile home with three bedrooms.

Their new home is expected to be of similar size to the first Habitat house built in Spencer County with four bedrooms and two baths. Construction began at the site on Little Mount Church Rd. two months ago and hopes are to finish this winter.

Street said there is a reason the process takes longer than typical home builds.

“We have an all volunteer staff. No one receives a salary. The citizens of Spencer County who donate money to this local Habitat affiliate can be certain that all funds received go toward the construction of a home,” said Street.

Residents will have an opportunity to donate to Spencer County’s Habitat affiliate at their Octoberfest booth on Oct. 2 and again Oct. 30 by participating in an auction. If anyone has gently-used treasures to contribute to the auction fundraiser, please call call 477-2263 and leave a message.