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By ANGIE CARNATHAN
Freddie Rasberry is doing his part to build a better Starkville.
Rasberry, along with Starkville Habitat for Humanity, was recently awarded the T.E. Veitch Award at the Greater Starkville Development Partnership banquet two months ago.
Groundbreaking for the groupâ€™s spring homes is being held today at 2 p.m. at 56 Murdock Lane and 63 Murdock Lane. These are the sites of the upcoming homes for the Trina Williams family and the Shonda Randle family. The public is invited to join Habitat for Humanity for this celebration. These two homes will be Starkville Habitatâ€™s 47th and 48th houses.
Rasberry said both families will be in attendance at the groundbreaking.
â€śTina Williams and her two children Alexis and Blake will occupy the 63 Murdock Lane home,â€ť Rasberry said. â€śShonda Randle and her two children Jalyn and Reylee will occupy the 56 Murdock Lane home.â€ť
Rasberry said Habitat for Humanity is a blessing for everyone involved.
â€śNot only are we stabilizing a family perhaps for generations to come, we are also improving the community,â€ť Rasberry said. â€śEach home built involves 500-700 volunteers. Anytime we break ground it means the community has provided the funding for this home.Â It gives us a good feeling that the community sees this as a blessing and continues to support it.â€ť
Rasberry said he encourages those in our community to get involved with Habitat and says the blessings of doing so are numerous.
â€śThe main thing volunteers get out of this is the joy that comes from doing something for others,â€ť Rasberry said. â€śMany of our older volunteers are retired, and this gives them a part-time activity to help our community.â€ť
Rasberry said the experience can also help out members of the younger generation.
â€śCollege (and high school) students receive a blessing in helping others and hopefully Â have good volunteer experience with us, which starts them on a life of service to their communities for years to come.â€ť
Rasberry said several college and high school groups are coming from across the country to help in the building of the spring homes.
â€śWe receive assistance through Habitat International, which helps us coordinate groups seeking to volunteer,â€ť Rasberry said.
Rasberry said two groups, Rockford College and Notre Dame Preparatory School, have been coming every year for 19 years because of the southern hospitality extended to them by the Starkville community.Â Rockford College from Rockford, Ill. will be in Starkville beginning today through March 9. From March 12-16, Oakton Community College from Des Plaines, Ill. will be here. Elmhurst College from Elmhurst, Ill. will be helping March 19-23 and Notre Dame Preparatory School, an all-girls high school from Towson, Md. will be in Starkville assisting Habitat for Humanity April 2-5.
â€śWe cannot say enough about the good things that happen because volunteers come from out of town,â€ť Rasberry said. â€śThey stay at Camp Seminole and local churches and organizations provide lunch at the work site with local churches hosting groups for the night meals.Â Ministers all over the county come to deliver a devotional at the noon meal.â€ť
For more information, visit http://www.starkvillehabitat.com.