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Habitat for Humanity House Blessed

Updated: Thursday, November 21 2013, 04:48 PM EST

WHEELING, W.Va.---

A dedication and blessing ceremony for the Soroptimist House, the residence built in south Wheeling through the efforts of the Wheeling Area Habitat for Humanity, was held Thursday at the 33rd Street site.

 

Presiding was Wheeling Area Habitat Board President Bob Kennen and the blessing was given by the Rev. Darrell Cummings, a member of the Wheeling Area Habitat board. The Wheeling woman and her three daughters, for whom the home was earmarked, were able to move into the residence shortly after the ceremony.

 

The construction project was announced by the Habitat board on Oct. 8 of last year; groundbreaking for the house was conducted on Nov. 16. The project was named the Soroptimist House because of the major manpower and financial support from the Soroptimist International of Wheeling. Soroptomist International’s goal is the betterment of women and girls in the Wheeling area.

 

Two other platinum level sponsors are Panhandle Cleaning and Restoration and the Vineyard Church. Gold sponsors are the Circus Saints and Sinners, CertainTeed and ABC Supply.

 

Silver sponsors include Lowe’s, Joseph and Gretchen Figaretti, Change Inc., The Fitzsimmons Foundation, Schenk Trust, Lumber Liquidators, Mastic Home Exteriors, Savage Construction Co., the Wheeling Park High School Habitat for Humanity Club and AM Architecture.

 

Bronze sponsors are Famous Supply, the Bloch Family Foundation, WesBanco, Graybar, Dacar Masonry, Oasis Plumbing, Trinity Lutheran Church, Valley Heating & Electrical, A.E. Pelley Plumbing & Heating and Ron’s Countertops LLC.

 

In addition, Wheeling Area Habitat for Humanity board members pointed out hundreds of other persons and businesses assisted in many ways with construction of the house. Kennen said, “Each contribution of volunteer work or donation of money or materials was important to this project, and we are extremely appreciative.”

 

Kennen explained the Soroptimist House project was undertaken to commemorate the 25th anniversary celebration of Habitat for Humanity of West Virginia in 2012. The Wheeling Habitat group’s last project was completed in 2009. Planning by the board already has begun for the next house construction project.

Habitat for Humanity House Blessed


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