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Sanford Volunteers Habitat, Need Inhabitants

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Lee County Habitat Volunteer
SANFORD — Owning a home is the American dream and it's Habitat for Humanity's goalto make it affordable and affordable dream. Habitat volunteers help lowincome families buildtheir own houses. In one area community, the organization wants to buildmore houses, but it can't find families in need.

For Habitat for Humanity volunteers, building houses is not work, it's alabor of love. For volunteer construction supervisor, Ralph Larsen, lifehas been good. Now he wants to give something back to those who might beless fortunate.

But where many communities have trouble finding people to saw and sweat,Sanford Habitat for Humanity has a very different problem. Volunteers areworking on the third house to be built in one Sanford block, and theywould like to build more. They even own a tract of land, but have no oneto build for.

"At the present time we have the land," says Habitat President HerbertHincks. "We have enough money for a couple of homes. We have the volunteers. We don't have the families."

Right now, there's only one Habitat house under construction in LeeCounty. And the program has only four families trying to becomequalified. Hincks says if there's any question as to whether afamily qualifies for Habitat's services, his advice is to apply anyway.

Volunteers look forward to the day when all of their hard labor willend up making more homes. Habitat wants to help people. That's the wholereason for the organization's existence.

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