Members of the New Albany Habitat Partnership rolled up their sleeves for the Allison family over the summer.

Members of the New Albany Habitat Partnership rolled up their sleeves for the Allison family over the summer.

The six members of NAHP partnered with Mifflin Presbyterian Church, the Easton Community Foundation and Retirement Marketing Specialists to construct a new house for the Columbus family at 945 Heyl Ave. through the greater Columbus division of Habitat for Humanity.

They gathered Saturday morning at the home to give the key to the Allisons as part of Habitat for Humanity's traditional home-dedication ceremony.

Lu Klaiber, co-chair for NAHP, said she was grateful to be able to participate in the build.

"I feel so blessed to be a part of this and to give back to someone," she said.

Klaiber, who helped found NAHP in 2005, said this is only the second house the group has been able to work on since its formation, and she wasn't able to complete the first house because of illness.

"I never felt like I had a chance to complete it," she said. "I feel so blessed to be a part of this."

Member Tom Hancock said he was happy that the group could get back in to Habitat for Humanity this year. He said he's personally done Habitat a few times but loves brining the community together though NAHP.

"We kind of reactivated it and raised enough money to do a partial sponsorship this year," he said. "It allowed us to get people involved and get local churches involved."

Hancock said he worked with the Allisons on their home.

"We met them (the Allison family) before the house build, and I actually built alongside them," he said. "You could tell they were all very excited about it. They were really thankful."

Anissa Allison expressed her appreciation.

"This is a blessing," she said. "I just want to thank everybody."

Hancock said he loves working with Habitat.

"Personally, I enjoy doing things with my hands and construction," he said. "For me, it's a way to give back tangibly to this good cause."

He said he hopes his children, whom he brought to the home dedication Saturday, would benefit from the experience.

"It might be a little eye-opening for them," Hancock said. "The one thing negative for New Albany is, they are going to grow up fairly sheltered. The house itself is beautiful, but on the other side of the home and across the street is pretty run down. It's tough, too, because you are still seeing the environment they are living in and around, and you see how much more work there is to do."

Hancock said members currently are working to raise money to do another home next summer, preferably in the same neighborhood or area.

Already this year, the New Albany Women's Network's annual Evening in New Albany fundraiser raised about $25,000 on behalf of the NAHP, he said.

"We're already 30 percent more than we raised this year," Hancock said.

EMH&T, a local firm of engineers, surveyors, planners and scientists, also raised $10,000 for the group through a golf outing in early September.

Steve Schehl, a project manager and associate for EMH&T and a co-chair for NAHP, said the golf outing was the first for the company and it went well.

He said that with the combination of the golf-outing funds and the money raised by NAWN, the partnership has enough money for a full sponsorship of a Habitat home next summer.

The group plans to hold additional fundraisers in the fall and winter.

Schehl said he thinks NAHP is doing something great for the local community.

"I think this has a real impact, and we should continue what we're doing," he said.

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