Ability Partners Build Draws Volunteers from Across West Virginia
AMERICUS, Ga., Nov. 11, 2002 – Mountaineer Habitat for Humanity and volunteers living with physical and mental disabilities from across West Virginia will converge on South Charleston, W.Va., Monday, Nov. 11, at 9 a.m. to raise the wall on an ABILITY House - the product of an ABILITY Partners Build.
ABILITY Awareness and Habitat for Humanity International established their partnership in 1999 to help low-income people living with disabilities become homeowners. The program also shows that people of all ability levels can volunteer and give back to the community. Volunteers working on the houses have a range of disabilities, including physical, learning and mental. Previous ABILITY Houses have been constructed in Washington, D.C., and Birmingham, Ala.
Most of the work on the ABILITY House will be completed during the first week of construction. A dedication ceremony for the work completed that week will take place on Saturday, Nov. 16 at noon. Once the ABILITY House is completed, Jeff Morgan and his 17-year-old son, Jeffrey, will be able to move out of a relative’s overcrowded house and into their new Habitat for Humanity home. Jeff, who volunteers in the local Habitat for Humanity ReStore and attends school at West Virginia State College, has various physical and mental disabilities.
“Ability House will bring together partners of varying abilities to remove barriers that keep people with disabilities from owning their own homes,” said Millard Fuller, founder and president of Habitat for Humanity International. “This build will send a powerful message: People with disabilities can make a house into a home.”
Groups involved in the West Virginia build include Mountaineer Habitat for Humanity, ABILITY Awareness, West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services, area Lions Clubs, West Virginia Commission for National and Community Service, American Business Club Society, South Charleston Civitan, Independent Living Foundation, Jim Humphreys, Van Lifts Unlimited, Motion Masters Inc., South Charleston Rotary Club, Paralyzed Veterans of America and various disability interest groups in West Virginia.
The ABILITY House is the hallmark program of ABILITY Awareness, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities. Created in partnership with Habitat for Humanity International, the ABILITY House was established to offer accessible, affordable housing for low-income families where one or more members has a disability. The project utilizes volunteers with disabilities during all phases of construction and showcases an array of dedicated, talented and hardworking individuals. The ABILITY House demonstrates the potential of every person and empowers a community with a new level of awareness. For more information on the ABILITY House or other programs of ABILITY Awareness, please visit www.ABILITYawareness.org .
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 3,000 communities in 83 nations have built and sold more than 125,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.