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Chiefs Build Brings Hope to Deserving Family
Lexington Park, MD - 8/24/2011
By Toni Byrd
On August 23, 2011 in Lexington Park, MD Patuxent Habitat for Humanity's Chiefs Build held their dedication ceremony. The house was dedicated to the Tippett family. Joe, Julie, Robert, Miranda, and Jesse Tippett put in over 250 hours of their time helping with the build of their new home. Robert Tippett also volunteered with ReStore by driving a truck for the organization.
President Donald Parsons began the ceremony with a speech. He stated that the family has to put in 250 hours of their time towards the build then buy the house from the program. The family was given a 0% rate mortgage loan to buy the home. He also pointed out that the Habitat homes are "not a hand out, but a hand up".
Command Master Chief Mark Cummings presented a gift to the family. It was a wooden U.S. Navy anchor.
Executive Director Pamela Shubert spoke about how the house went up in amazingly fast time. "It was organized chaos", she stated. "The Tippetts have been incredible in helping". She went on to talk about how this was the 500,000th build nationally.
The foundation for the next build is already up. Twenty three houses were weather proofed last year. Home Depot will be helping to accomplish that this year.
County Commissioner Todd Morgan spoke about helping build a habitat house before he was elected into office. He stated "this means a lot to us in the community".
After the ribbon was cut, Joe Tippett thanked everyone that was part of the build. He said that he "enjoyed working with the petty officers" and gave a special thanks to the county commissioners. He ended by saying "this has been a blessing, a dream come true".
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