MONROE — The Union-Anson County Habitat for Humanity nonprofit organization is in the process of building two homes next to each other on Ruben Road. The homes, expected to be completed in April of 2022, are for Kendrick Chambers and Gina Palazzolo.

Twenty volunteers arrived at the construction site to help the future homeowners on Saturday (Dec. 11), including a team of 12 from Weddington United Methodist Church. Chambers and Palazzolo were also at the site contributing to the construction. The project is currently in the backfilling process to prepare foundation and install plumbing for the homes.

Habitat for Humanity construct the two frames next Saturday (Dec. 18) on Dickerson Boulevard. According to an email from volunteer coordinator Whitney Walls, this step of the project is a pre-build where “we build the walls and framework of the house and transport them to the actual location the house will stand.”

Palazzolo, an employee at Dula Construction, had no experience at home building until the project of her upcoming house became a reality. She is learning a lot through the experience.

“I would have never known what actually goes into building a house and moving into one,” Palazzolo said. “It’s definitely a whole new perspective on moving into a house for me.”

For Chambers, finding a lot to build on was a four-year process. With help from Habitat for Humanity, his perseverance and motivation have positioned to become a home owner.

“(Habitat for Humanity) is full of great people out here,” Chambers said. “They come out and volunteer their time … God has blessed us really good.”

According to operations manager Troy Pruitt, “Habitat for Humanity has a partnership policy where (homeowners) have to put in 200 hours of sweat equity and that’s how we can build affordable housing.”

Chambers and Palazzolo are experiencing this life-changing opportunity and will become neighbors after completion of the projects.

“It’s going to be so helpful,” Palazzolo said. “If anything happens or if anything goes wrong, you have someone next door. Especially someone as kind as Kendrick, you have someone there to help you. That’s the best part about having a good neighbor.”

Union County’s Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1991 to provide affordable housing for lower-income families. In 2013, the nonprofit merged with Anson County and later branched home building into Chesterfield County, S.C. According to unionhabitat.org “Union County Habitat began building 5 houses per year, but has grown to building 8-12 houses.”

Habitat for Humanity exists in all 50 states and more than 70 countries around the world, according to habitat.org.

Anyone interested in donating time or money to Habitat for Humanity can call (704) 296-9414 or visit the office located on 3702 Old Charlotte Hwy. in Monroe. The office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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