Local Habitat plans to build its first home in Allen Parish - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Local Habitat plans to build its first home in Allen Parish

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Habitat for Humanity: Calcasieu Area Inc. wants to build its first-ever home in Allen Parish.

Habitat hopes to have a Faith Build -- a house largely sponsored and built by local churches and volunteers -- in Oakdale later in the year, according to Habitat's executive director Lenn Knapp.

To get the process started, Habitat will hold a community meeting from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11 at Oakdale City Hall, located at 333 East Sixth Ave.

At the meeting, Habitat representatives will talk with residents about available land options, volunteer and committee opportunities and family enrollment guidelines.

"Habitat is a Christian housing ministry which gives a helping hand to those in need of simple, decent housing," Knapp said. "Habitat representatives have met preliminarily with several community leaders, and they seemed excited about bringing the community together in mission to build a home. Part of the responsibility of the partner family will be to work with the volunteers building the home."

"The Faith Build is a wonderful opportunity for local churches to come together and for members to put their faith in action as we build a safe, affordable house for our neighbor in need," added Janeal McCauley, Habitat's Faith Engagement Coordinator. "Habitat for Humanity has a rich legacy of providing a hand up, not a hand out, and we look forward to working with the Oakdale community."

Donna Bailey, member of the Habitat board of directors, will spearhead the effort in Oakdale. She hopes as many residents as possible join in on the endeavor.

"As a lifelong member of the Allen Parish community and First Baptist Church in Oakdale, I am very excited that this Faith Build is coming to our parish to help one of our families. I'm hopeful that the members of our community will join in this effort, because there is no greater joy than when we are serving others. Our life is blessed beyond measure when we are working for the kingdom of God."

Interested residents are asked to attend the meeting and to bring their ideas and questions with them. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call the Habitat office at 337-419-3679.

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