Local Partners Begin Building Osborne Home
It takes a village to rear a child; it also takes a village to raise a roof.
This year, our Louisa community has joined together to build a home for the Osborne family. Not
only have many individuals donated their time and money to support this project, but churches
and businesses have united to make our next project a success.
The New Osborne home has a collaborative sponsorship. Purcell Lumber, State Farm Insurance and
Dominion Power have all uniquely contributed to thie new home. Purcell Lumber has generously donated
both the land and lumber. State Farm is sponsoring the construction as a Youth Build project, which
will involve our community's youth in the labor. Finally, Dominion Power donated $5,000 and raised
an additional $3,000 by hostsing a car show. Even with these generous donations, however, this
project requires much more time and talent. Our community churches and organizations step in at
this point and supply much of the labor.
Over a dozen schools, organizations and churches provide Habitat for Humanity with the labor force
necessary to build the new home. Yanceyville Christian Church has donated money every month from
Sunday school offerings for several years. Each year, Bethany Christian Church sends a team of
construction professionals and young people to frame the house. They usually complete the task in
two days, an amazing feat to observe. Once the framing is complete, Gum Spring United Methodist
hangs the drywall, Mineral United Methodist installs the siding, New Life Community Church and the
Knights of Columbus paint the interior and the Louisa Garden Club landscapes. St. James Episcopal
Church and Orange Baptist Church provide meals for the laborers. Finally, college students from UVA
and PVCC, St. James Episcopal Church, and Mechanicsville Baptist Church fill in the gaps with a
variety of skills. The Methodist churches in the area also have a creative way of contributing to
The Louisa County Methodist churches have greatly impacted our current project through their
Appostles Build program. Mineral Methodist Church, Lounsa Methodist Church, Byrd Mill Methodist
Church, Macedonia Methodist Church and Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church have partnered to regularly
donate financial support to Habitat for Humanity's local projects. Their example to ast as apostles
will hopefully inspire others to sponsor our future endeavors.
Without the help of community and dedicated individuals, Habitat for Humanity would cease to exist.
In this time of economic hardship, we are both increasingly grateful, yet even more in need. Many
continue to find ways to give; however, we know that there will be many more that will need to scale
back. Of course, there will always be many other families who will greatly appreciate the opportunity
to own their own homes. As long as many of us are willing to donate some time, effort or funds, we
will continue to improve our community.