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June 10, 2014

Extreme Build 9

Volunteers building home for Strunk woman

STRUNK —  Drills and hammers are breaking the morning stillness for one McCreary community this week and it’s all for a great cause.

    Volunteers with the Kentucky Baptist Fellowship have returned to the county to build the ninth home for their Extreme Build initiative.

    This home will go to Kimberly Stephens, who is deaf as well as visually impaired.

    The event officially got underway last Wednesday with a pre-build team arriving at the Jones Cemetery Road site to install the floor joists and subfloor. Thursday was dedicated to dropping the CORE — a prefabricated kitchen/bath/laundry module designed by partner agency Kentucky Highland Community Development Corporation to help eliminate substandard plumbing in rural areas.

    By Sunday, the crew had constructed the frame so that the new volunteers arriving could start right away on sheeting the roof and installing windows. By this coming Saturday, the home will be ready for dedication.

    Extreme Build was begun in 2006 as part of a 10-year commitment from a partnership including religious and secular organizations such as McCreary County Community Housing Development Corporation, Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation, Federation of Appalachian Housing Enterprises, USDA Rural Development, Together for Hope, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and Kentucky Baptist Fellowship.

    House recipients are required to attend home ownership classes as well as correct any past credit issues. Funding for each home is comprised of USDA loans, grants, donated funds, donated labor and gifts in kind. The new homeowner pays on a subsidized zero-rate mortgage.

    Extreme Builds are scheduled in June as part of National Homeownership Month. For information on the project, visit www.kybf.org.

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