LEWISTOWN - Habitat for Humanity is looking to change the lives of another Lewistown family by building them their dream home.
Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization, founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fueller, in order to help build homes for the homeless and those who live in low-income housing.
The Mifflin County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity was chartered in 1999 and began to build its first home in 2001.
The Mifflin County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity has been building houses in Mifflin County since 2001.
Abraham and Michelle Jones are the recipients of the seventh house built by the Mifflin County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
MCCHH president Jeff Bell said the community support the group has is vital.
"Not every county (in Pennsylvania) has a Habitat chapter, but we are fortunate to have people that support us," he said.
Bell said he decided to volunteer with the program because he felt it was time he started giving something back to the community.
"I think it's time for myself to give back to society. I think we all get to that point in life. I like to work with my hands, so I figured it would be a good way to give back and get rewarded," he said.
Now, in part because of a pair of $500 donations from the Burnham and Chief Logan Lions Clubs, Habitat is planning to start building its seventh home.
However, Bell said the local Habitat group doesn't quite have all the funding together for the interior of the house and is looking for donations both large and small.
"We are hoping that somebody would step up and give us some help ... whether it be $10 here or $50 there, any little bit helps," he said.
But Abraham and Michelle Jones, the recipients of the new home, are just thankful the organization is going to help them eventually move out of their low-income apartment.
"Without Habitat we would never be able to afford to move," Michelle said.
The couple met while attending the technical institute in Johnstown. Michelle, originally from the Pittsburgh area, moved to Lewistown in 2005 to be with Abraham. The couple married on Aug. 9, 2008.
Abraham is currently employed at Kmart, while Michelle is a substitute cafeteria worker for the Mifflin County School System.
Through Abraham's mother, they got in contact with MCCHH and filled out an application for a house almost two years ago. So, they were shocked when they found out that they were the ones being granted the new home.
"We were shocked, because our housing situation isn't that bad. It's going to be a big difference but we can handle it. If we don't do this we are going to be stuck in our apartment forever," he said.
The couple explained that in order to meet the requirements for a build, you have to be debt-free. The home isn't free to the couples, either. They pay back Habitat's loan, but don't have to pay interest. The loan payments had the Jones' hesitant to fill out the application.
"We weren't sure if we were going to be able to afford it, but decided that we wouldn't have another chance to get a house," Abraham said.
The new home, which will be built on West Fifth Street in Lewistown, will be 1 1/2 stories, have three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The extra bedrooms were something the couple were happy to have, since they want to have children as soon as they move out of their apartment. The couple said there wouldn't be room in their current apartment for a child.
Within the next two years the couple is hoping to be moved out of their apartment and moved into their new home.
Groundbreaking for the house was scheduled for this week and if completed on time, the home will take about 18 months to construct.