Thursday, October 14, 2010

Interfaith Housing Services (IHS)

A dear friend sent me this website that I urge EVERYONE who genuinely wants to make a positive change in the lives of others to click onto. Go to to see how YOU can can help or possibly qualify for one of these homes.

Interfaith Housing Services has been in operation for approximately 20 years. Basically, they pair a used home with a HARD WORKING low-income family. In some cases, complete new homes are built. Due to the fact that the work is completely done by capable volunteers who are using donated materials and money, the low income family can actually afford to own their own home.

Recently, 3 homes were transported to lots in Hutchinson, Kansas and another one to Nickerson, Kansas. They are now located on new foundations and are just waiting for capable volunteers to come forth and "put these houses back together". Homes that are used are ones that are ready for the wrecking ball in many cases. Once they have been re-located, work is done to bring them up to legal standards. I would like to know if IHS might be interested in setting up homes in the Wichita County area. I am checking in on that. Once I get an answer, I will let you know. I can think of a few houses in our county that are vacant and only going downhill in value. Maybe some of the current property owners would be interested in donating these houses to IHS or other local organizations that might be interested in performing this wonderful task. In addition to helping a local family, it is also a proven fact that the neighborhood's property values climb when these depreciated buildings receive the necessary repair and beautification.

As of now, volunteers are asked to apply for the position of general contractor, coordinators to set up the necessary steps, supervisors and licensed electricians. Remember, that if you are interested in any of these positions, you will not be paid for your labor in money--instead you will be gratified by the knowledge that you did all you could to help put deserving people in their very own homes that they would not normally be able to afford if they went through the normal house loan process.

Building materials are also needed. If you are interested in donating some of these or the money to purchase these goods, please call Emily Hurst or John Scott at 620-662-8370 or go to their website at . If you are someone who wants to know if you qualify for one of these homes, contact the same people. I will tell you that this service is open ONLY to first time homeowners. As I understand this, if you have ever owned a home, you will not be considered. I would recommend that you NOT take my word on this. Ask Emily or John.


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