OSCEOLA COUNTY \u2014 Familiar faces. New jobs. Same mission. Following selection and election, Osceola County\u2019s Habitat for Humanity organization has seen a few shifts in personnel on the group\u2019s Board of Directors. With the changes, planners look forward to another year of activity, and hope to continue offering opportunities for \u201cdecent and affordable housing\u201d to partner families as they begin the 2011 season. Roger Elkins will be replacing Pam Wayne as the local HFH board president. Elkins has been a part of Osceola\u2019s Habitat since its inception, being a charter member of the organization. Now, he will hold a more active board position following a number of years of strong leadership offered by outgoing president Wayne, who will become the group\u2019s treasurer replacing Lorna Baker-Houseworth. At this point, the vice-president\u2019s post is still empty, but Elkins anticipates that this job will be filled by the board\u2019s next meeting. Brad Taylor will continue on as board secretary. \u201cWe always have room for anyone interested in serving in a position on the board or with the organization,\u201d said Elkins. \u201cWe have any number of committees that are always open to more volunteers. This is a great way to be part of an important outreach in our area.\u201d Elkins said that Habitat\u2019s mission has never changed. \u201cWe look forward to providing decent and affordable housing for people in our community,\u201d he pointed out. \u201cThere\u2019s no question that there is need for such housing opportunities in our county - and every county in Michigan. \u201cThere have been changes in qualification criteria over the years. Today, we have a much wider group of people we can reach out to and help with home ownership. \u201cThis we hope to continue to do as best we can.\u201d While there is every intention of continuing with Habitat\u2019s home construction program at some location in Osceola County, plans for a 2011 project are a little scaled back. A previously constructed Habitat home in the Marion area that has reverted to organizational ownership will be renovated and rehabilitated allowing a new partner family to take over an already constructed property. At this time, there is as yet no partner family for the Marion project, and the Habitat family selection committee is gearing up for the selection process, (which will be carried out the same as for the process in selecting a family for a new-build home.) \u201cThis home is in the Marion school district and we\u2019re sure to have a number of good families looking for an opportunity such as this who will be applying to our selection committee well before we get started on the project,\u201d noted Elkins. The new president reported the organization had money in the bank to begin and compete the project once started. \u201cStill, our fundraising activities are very important as we look to the future and hope to continue the work we do in our county,\u201d he pointed out. Habitat will be hosting its annual St. Patrick\u2019s Day corned beef supper March 12, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Reed City.