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Employees, friends lend hand to Habitat

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Family Trust employees and friends gave 40 hours Saturday to paint walls and ceilings, install siding, and wash windows for the Habitat for Humanity of York County’s Women Build in Clover. And while honing their carpentry skills was important, they really liked helping out a young family.

This was the fifth Women Build for Habitat of Humanity of York County, which this year led a renovation project instead of new construction. The three-bedroom, two-bath ranch, built by Habitat in 2006, is getting a new roof, fresh paint, and new flooring, appliances,countertops and fixtures.

Homeowners Johnny Moua and Nancy Vang are purchasing the house at Pasley Place in Clover for their family, which includes two young boys. She works at Britax Child Safety in Charlotte, while Johnny is Mr. Mom.

“One of the greatest gifts was to have met and known the Habitat family,” according to Nancy. “We are ecstatic in becoming homeowners, and appreciate everyone who has helped us through this journey.”

The Habitat program requires homeowners to contribute 250 hours of “sweat equity” to their home, attend classes on home ownership, and be financially able to repay a mortgage. Children also are required to volunteer.

Family Trust joined several other businesses and churches in the recycling project.

“I did this to help a family in need,” said James Sheedy of the Family Trust marketing department. “And I also learned valuable skills about remodeling a house.”

Family Trust’s group also included Family Trust employees Stephanie Garrett, Kendra Collins and Amy Chandler; and friends, Lori Garlitos, Thera Burns, Cheryl Henderson and Chris Milton.