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June 12, 2012

Extreme Build underway

7th home to benefit Pine Knot couple

PINE KNOT —  Some 115 volunteers representing 25 churches with the Kentucky Baptist Fellowship are in McCreary County this week building a home for a Pine Knot family.

    The 7th annual Extreme Build officially got underway Thursday with the installation of a prefabricated kitchen-bath module (or CORE) designed by the Kentucky Highlands Community Development Corporation to help eliminate substandard kitchen and bath facilities in rural areas.

    This year’s recipients are Charles and Mary Ann Brown, who currently live in a 1971 doublewide mobile home which originally served as a restaurant. Over the years, the home has developed a leaky roof and several weak spots in the floor. Charles also suffers from a breathing condition which is exacerbated by their wood-burning heater.

    Mary Ann serves as a full-time caregiver for Charles. The couple, who have been married nearly 30 years and have four children, are excited to meet the volunteers who are building their new home.

    Most arrived this week from churches across Kentucky and one from Georgia, while a pre-build crew of 20 — led by KBF’s Steve Holm — started last week on the foundation and CORE.

    Extreme Build was begun in 2006 as part of the rural poverty initiative known as Mountain Hope, which is directed by KBF’s Joshua Speight. In addition to Kentucky and Georgia, volunteers over the last six summers have come from Alabama, Florida, Indiana, Tennessee and Texas.

    The program represents a partnership between McCreary County Community Housing Development Corporation, Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation, Federation of Applachian 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 recipient receives an affordable-rate mortgage, and while not required to make a down payment, must buy a prepaid homeowner’s policy before the build begins.

    The Brown home will be dedicated this Saturday afternoon.

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