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Local Habitat affiliate to mark World Habitat Day with groundbreaking
LIVINGSTON —Oct. 1 is World Habitat Day and Polk County Habitat for Humanity has chosen that occasion to break ground on its 15th home on Bluebird Avenue in Livingston. For this project, Polk County Habitat for Humanity has a major partner — Timberwood Nursing and Rehabilitation, and the Ensign Foundation, who will present a $10,000 check to the Polk County Habitat for Humanity. Everyone is invited to the groundbreaking ceremony at 5:30 p.m. at 1120 Bluebird (one block off of MLK). The home is being built with the Lanita Wyatt family. She is a single mother with three children who has already demonstrated what a good worker she is by volunteering at the most recent home just dedicated for a family in Corrigan. The donation is part of Timberwood’s continual efforts to give back to the community in which it serves, administrators said. After a year of fundraising, Timberwood reached the goal of $5,000. The Ensign Foundation made up the other half of the contribution. This is the first time for Timberwood to take an active role in building a home. Administrative staff, rehabilitation, nursing, dietary, housekeeping and maintenance employees of Timberwood are rolling up their sleeves and signing up to help with the actual construction of the house, with “We Can Build This” as their motto. “The Timberwood team is so amazing, and I feel so lucky to work alongside them each day,” said Tim Burningham, administrator of Timberwood. “This is simply another example of who we are; we are care-givers with caring hearts; we love to help people.” World Habitat Day is an observance sponsored by the United Nations to remind all people all over the globe that everyone needs a decent place to live. Habitat for Humanity internationally and locally remembers this day to remind ourselves how important the work of eliminating poverty housing is. Habitat homes also are built to meet Energy Star standards to help families keep energy costs as low as possible.