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Humanity Germinates in Iowa Habitat
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Humanity Germinates in Iowa Habitat

The Habitat for Humanity, a very prestigious Christian non-profit organization, has been working around the world since 1973 to provide affordable homes to low income families. Since its establishment by Millard Fuller, the organization has built decent homes for 625,000 people and sold them without any profit to the owners. The Organization works with a spirit to provide honorable dwelling for low income individuals without charging them any interest. Instead, the organization asks the future dwellers to pay it forward in other ways, such as assisting in the building process or providing the volunteers with food on the site.

As the organization continued its work to settle more people in their own homes, it extended its services in central Iowa state in 2008 where homes are being built for the low income community with their help. The Habitat for Humanity in central Iowa has decided to make the homes more adaptive to the needs of the dwellers by building wheelchair ramps in these houses. The need for installation of wheelchair ramps was identified as a priority since the project started in 2008.  The Executive Director in central Iowa, Howard Hartman, has decided that the facility would now be provided to those who need it. All they ask in return from the dwellers is the ‘sweat equity,' i.e. the dwellers would assist the volunteers on the site by working along with them or by providing them with the lunch in return to their services, or they can lend their help by working at the organization’s store.

The process of installing wheelchair ramps would begin this month and the ramps would be custom made, i.e. different types of ramps would be made for different families according to their specific needs. There would be simple ramps, ramps with a landing and yet others with a turn that leads to the driveway. The owners can select the type of ramp which fulfills their needs the best.  The process would start with the visit of a team to the houses where they would ask the owners to choose the type of ramp they would need. The Habitat for Humanity Organization has called for the help of more volunteers for the installation of these ramps and they say they could benefit from the help of anyone who has got a very basic knowledge of the construction and the passion to serve others.

Moreover, the owners can also opt for interest free loans being offered by the organization. These loans are to be paid off in monthly installments which would be as little as $20 to $25 per month and would help in the easy payment of the material’s cost and the cost of permits.

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