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Habitat revamps its board in Shelby

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Organization sets new goals and needs more volunteers

By Lisa King

New faces, new goals but the same mission – addressing the issues of poverty housing – are in place for the Shelby County chapter of Habitat For Humanity.

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Habitat, which has a presence in more than 90 countries since its establishment in Georgia in 1976, boasts of building more than 200,000 houses that shelter more than 1 million people.

And now the organization, which has built several homes in Shelby County, has a new look.

New executive director, Deb Rhind, who in April replaced Amy Nation, said that, with a few exceptions, the organization has an entirely new board of directors.

Everybody with the exception of Peggy [Adelsberger] and Sherry [Pearcy] are brand new people,” she said. “Our president, Bill [Johnson], he came on in October, and I came on at the end of April, so we have several new faces. Some people were involved for a while and moved on.”

Along with a new board, there are new goals as well, said Pearcy, who serves as vice president.  “We used to do one house a year, [but] now our goal is three a year,” she said.

How will that be done?

“We are looking at restructuring just about everything,” Rhind said. “We want to build everything up from ground level. We’re trying to get a new footing on some of our guidelines, based on some successful programs we’ve seen in other counties, so we just wanted to model ourselves after some of these successful programs.”

Some new ideas also would include using some existing homes and just remodeling them, she said.

 

Volunteers needed

Recruiting more volunteers also would be important, and Rhind points out that Habitat needs people in so many more areas than the public generally realizes, and if that could be expanded upon, that would go a long way toward realizing the new goals.

“We get a lot of people that want to help come build a house, which is great, but there are so many other things that people could do just with our organization to help behind the scenes, like a web master to keep our Web site updated,” she said. “Everybody has a talent, and that’s not always using a paint brush.”

Pearcy agreed.

“There’s so much more we can do; so much is needed,” she said. “We definitely have some good ideas., I think we’re in a good place to be.”

Construction Chair Doug Allan, who came on board in October, said he couldn’t really talk about any specific plans just yet.

“We expect to be expanding in a couple of different directions, but with the new board coming on, and so many new members, it’s just taking us a little bit to get all our ducks in a row and get things going,” he said.

 

Meet the members

Bill Johnson, president of a Lexington technology company, has been president of the board since October. Pearcy, a business analyst for Farm Credit in Louisville, has been vice president for three years.

Brad Holland, owner of Holland Financial Group, is treasurer. Shelbyville attorney Matt Wade, is secretary for the board. Allan, retired from Leggett and Platt, is construction chair since October. Chris Casper, a Louisville marketing director, is resource committee chair. Dave Soldat, a manager with Eaton Corp, is chair of the family selection committee.

Penny Adelsberger, with a background in retail and customer service, is chair of the family mentoring committee Rhind and her husband, Bruce, relocated to Kentucky in September 2011 from Cleveland, where she worked as a kitchen designer with Lowe’s.

Habitat for Humanity fundraiser

WHAT: 7th annual Drive it Home Golf Classic

WHEN:Monday

WHERE:Persimmon Ridge Country Club

MORE INFO:Call 502-354-9135 or E-mail drhind@insightbb.com.