• December 21, 2014

Bell County Habitat for Humanity celebrates 20 years of service

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Posted: Monday, March 24, 2014 4:30 am

HARKER HEIGHTS — In its 20 years of service, Bell County Habitat for Humanity volunteers have built 66 homes for families in Temple, Belton, Killeen, Copperas Cove and Coryell County.

The nonprofit celebrated its anniversary during an event Sunday at Sean’s Pub in Harker Heights. The event featured 11 live bands, face painting, a bounce house, vendors, volleyball and horseshoes.

“We’re excited,” said Steve Church, executive director for nonprofit. “We hope to continue — long after this time frame — to provide homes for people here in the greater Bell County area.”

Church said the Bell County affiliate was created in 1994 and merged with a Belton/Temple Habitat for Humanity chapter in 2007

The nonprofit is currently working on its 67th home, which is refurbishing an existing house in Killeen.

Families who apply for homes through Habitat for Humanity perform about 300 hours of sweat equity, where they help another Habitat recipient build their home.

“Then they build their own home,” Church said. “Once they build their own home, then they receive a 15- to 30-year mortgage depending on their ability to pay and it’s a noninterest bearing mortgage over that period of time so they have the opportunity to obtain the American dream.”

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