The McCreary County Record


June 22, 2014

Home Sweet Home

9th Extreme Build Dedicated

STRUNK — The 9th annual Extreme Build came to a close Saturday with the dedication of Kimberly Stephens’ new home.

    The ceremony marked the culmination of a 10-day construction blitz featuring the handiwork of both experienced and novice volunteers from churches across Kentucky.

    The project was not without its obstacles. Kentucky Baptist Fellowship Communications Associate Laura Barclay paid tribute to Kentucky Highlands for their assistance in securing the build site off Lum Strunk Road due to concerns that the forested lot was home to the endangered Indiana bat. The crew also had to contend with stormy weather followed by punishing heat.

    But in the end, the “miracle of partnerships” — as Extreme Build is often called — came together and Stephens was ready to take ownership of her home. The youngest of four children, she was born deaf and visually impaired but that hasn’t stopped her from being independent and outgoing.

    “She doesn’t let her disability define her,” Barclay said of Stephens. “The warmth and happiness that radiate from Kimberly is inspiring.”

    Stephens was aided by her sister Tabitha as well as an interpreter as well-wishers presented her with gifts including a hand-painted mailbox and Bible signed by all the volunteers. Some churches also stocked the kitchen and furnished the master bedroom. Volunteer foreman Steve Holm presented the keys.

    “I’m so happy,” a tearful Stephens said. “It’s beautiful.”

    Extreme Build is a partnership of Kentucky Baptist Fellowship, Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation, USDA Rural Development, Federation of Appalachian Housing Enter-prises, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, McCreary County Community Housing Develop-ment Corporation and other agencies. Begun in 2006 to help families who otherwise could not qualify for affordable mortgage rates, the initiative has just one more project left on the initial 10-year commitment.

    It was a bittersweet week for KBF’s John Lepper, who is retiring as KBF Coordinator but hopes to return next year simply as a volunteer.

    “I’ll be doing more work then,” he joked.

    To learn more about the 2014 Extreme Build, read Barclay’s blog at /news/.

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