Habitat breaks ground for family's new home

BUILDING A HOME: Marcy Jo Scott and her five sons, Jacob, 17, Kyle, 14, RJ, 13, Ryan, 12, and Chad, 10, are the recipients of the newest Osceola County Habitat for Humanity home that will be built in Reed City. A groundbreaking ceremony took place on Thursday. (Herald Review photo/Karin Armbruster)
BUILDING A HOME: Marcy Jo Scott and her five sons, Jacob, 17, Kyle, 14, RJ, 13, Ryan, 12, and Chad, 10, are the recipients of the newest Osceola County Habitat for Humanity home that will be built in Reed City. A groundbreaking ceremony took place on Thursday. (Herald Review photo/Karin Armbruster)

REED CITY — It was a day to celebrate for Marcy Jo Scott, her five sons, Osceola County Habitat for Humanity members, community officials, local supporters and family members as ground was broken on a new housing project in Reed City on Thursday.

The family, which includes Jacob, 17, Kyle, 14, RJ, 13, Ryan, 12, and Chad, 10, has been living in a two-bedroom mobile home for the past year. Now, thanks to the nonprofit organization and their own hard work, the family will receive a 1,152-square-foot, four-bedroom, one-bathroom house to call their own in roughly six months.

Marcy Jo said the home will provide much needed space, stability and security once it is complete.

“It’s amazing and I’m excited to start the next step,” said Marcy Jo as she fought back tears. “I can’t wait to pick up a hammer and starting pounding in some nails.”

In addition to contributing 250 hours of future work into the home, she is completing financial classes and helped with the project’s fundraising.

Mary Lou Proefrock, a Habitat board member and chairperson of Habitat’s selection committee, said she fully enjoyed the event and was pleased with the number of people who attended in support of the family.

“It’s absolutely wonderful,” Proefrock said. “The turnout is just great.”

The energy-efficient home will mean a lot to Marcy Jo and her sons. Osceola County Habitat for Humanity provides people with homes who cannot qualify for a home within the housing market, she added.

One of the project’s main builders, Ron SanCartier, has been involved in the organization for 13 years. The most enjoyable part of the project is seeing the home come together and the grateful attitude of the family during the construction, he said.

“I’m older and retired now, and I like building houses for people,” SanCartier added. “I hope Marcy Jo and her family appreciate it and take care of it.”

Property donors Gary and Kaye Johnson attended the groundbreaking ceremony and said they were happy to provide the plot of land for Habitat’s use.

“We think it’s a really good cause,” Gary said, adding he and his wife felt they wanted to pass on a blessing.

Kaye agreed.

“It’s time to give back,” she said. “It’s a chance at life.”

For more information about Osceola County Habitat for Humanity, visit habitatosceola.org.