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Habitat for Humanity Helps Woman Become Homeowner

Rosanny homeowner article

MICHELLE T. BERNARD
Staff Writer

Even though she has held a full-time job at a bank for almost five years, Rosanny Cruz couldn’t obtain a mortgage from a conventional bank.

“I didn’t make enough for the banks to give me a loan,” she said. “Friends told me about Habitat so I went and did the orientation and was approved for a mortgage in 2014.”

In order to get the mortgage and have a house built by Habitat for Humanity, Cruz also had to put in a minimum of 250 sweat equity hours taking classes, volunteering at the ReStore, helping with the construction of her own house and volunteering at Lincoln Charter School, which her two young daughters, Anali and Leanna, attend. Her daughters also got sweat equity hours for the grades they received in school. After putting in that many hours of volunteer work, Cruz said it was worth it.

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Habitat for Humanity ReStore Moving to New Home

New Restore inside

MICHELLE T. BERNARD
Staff Writer

The Lincoln County Habitat for Humanity (LCHH) ReStore has outgrown its former space on East Sycamore Street in Lincolnton and is in the process of moving to the storefront formerly occupied by Big Lots on North Aspen Street.

“My goal was to get us a larger and more visible spot,” executive director Terry Laney said. “We looked at the old Harris Teeter and Staples store locations but the former Big Lots space was exactly what we needed. There was very little that we needed to do to get it upfitted.”

Another goal of LCHH is to make the shopping center on North Aspen Street more vibrant and to help fill the vacant space by the traffic that they’ll draw to the site, according to Laney.

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ELHS boasts only high school Habitat for Humanity chapter in NC

ELHS habitat

MATT CHAPMAN
Staff Writer

East Lincoln High School has established the first high school Habitat for Humanity chapter in North Carolina.

Kelly McLain, an Americorps volunteer coordinator serving Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln County, was in search of new volunteers when the idea dawned on her.

McLain, a graduate of East Lincoln High School where she served as president of the science club, reconnected with her former science teacher, Robert Chapp. Chapp, coincidentally, had been brainstorming ideas of a new club himself that would not only look good on a college resume, but also teach students valuable skills for later on in life.

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The Story of Life, to Me!

story of life

I was driving out in the country one day after M.C. and I had moved here from Georgia in 1996, and found this old pump.   I had been looking for one because these old pumps always seem to mirror life. (It wasn't red like this when I found it.)  

I took it by my dad's house in Huntersville and showed him. He said he would clean it up and paint it for me. I told him I wanted it red because at the time, I was working for Pizza Hut.

Not only did he clean and paint it, he mounted it on this piece of wood. I've used it from time to time when talking to different groups, as it just seems to hold their attention. At one time, I had it sitting on my book shelf. Now I have it prominently displayed on my desk as a constant reminder of its meaning to me.  

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