Through the Years
Habitat for Humanity of Saline County
In 1998, a small group of individuals had hopes of
making home ownership a reality for working families in Saline County,
Arkansas. Several group members had participated in events sponsored by an
organization known as Habitat for Humanity. They knew what possibilities
existed through this organization. This knowledge and their hopes fueled the
creation of Habitat for Humanity of Saline County. Through
hard work and dedication, this group, which became known as the "Steering
Committee," completed the requirements for affiliation, hosted a regional
training workshop, opened headquarters and began selecting its first
In March of 2000 the affiliate broke ground on its
construction project for the Puckett family. This build was constructed
primarily by women as a First Ladies' Build in conjunction with Arkansas
First Lady, Janet Huckabee. After 3 1/2 months of hard work, the Pucketts
and their two daughters, Brittany and Samantha, moved into their very first
In September of the very same year, the affiliate
broke ground on its second construction.In
2002 the affiliate saw growth like never imagined. Two homes
started and completed while ground was broken for two additional homes.
Also in 2002
an idea was brought to fruition when the Board of
Directors approved space donated by Regions Bank to open a ReStore in
downtown Benton. The Board agreed to give the ReStore a trial run of 6
months. In 2003 the ReStore became our affiliate's major source of income,
surpassing everyone's hopes. It also serves as an excellent source of
community awareness in Saline County. We are extremely fortunate to have a
great staff and wonderful volunteers to make the ReStore such a success.
in the Spring of 2003,
and ground was broken on the Bodiford Home which was fully sponsored
2004, our affiliate continued preparing for growth with the hire of two part
time Coordinators - Ginger Allinson, our Volunteer Coordinator, and Karma
Herzfeld, our Program Coordinator. The Bodiford Home was completed and
dedicated. Construction began on
another home, and it was dedicated.
Ground was broken on the Earnest home which was fully sponsored by FUMC of
Bryant. Construction also began
on an additional home, and both were dedicated by the end of the
In 2005, the ReStore provided the majority of funds
for the affiliate. Goals were made to diversify funding sources. Karma
Herzfeld was hired on as the full time Executive Director in July of
Allen was the ReStore manager for the affiliate.
homes were dedicated as were the First Ever 2x2 Build homes for our
affiliate which were built for the Gilbert and King families. Our
goal of completing 4 homes was met.
In 2006, the Affiliate completed 7 homes. These
homes were funded by the ReStore and Built as a 2x2 project at Jamie Lynn
Village. Apostles Cove was completed with 3 lots. Laura Lewis, Allen and
Sherosha Murry and Lynne Huie all moved into their homes on Apostles Cove by
the end of the year, completing the construction on Apostles Cove. The Lewis
home was funded by the ReStore. The Murry Home was the first Home Builders
Blitz build for the Affiliate and for the nationwide effort by Habitat
International. The Saline Home Builders Association built this home in just
3 days from start to finish.
The Huie Home was the affiliate's first
Apostles Build. Eleven churches partnered with the affiliate to provide
volunteers, funds and food for this build. The Paulus Home was the final
home to be built in Jamie Lynn Village. This home was the first Youth Build
for the affiliate and the only Youth Build in the Central United States. The
affiliate's Youth United group funded and built this home.
was built in the Sardis
community on land donated by Wes and Doris Bradbury. This home was built in
part with funds raised by our Carpenter Club members.
2006, the affiliate received a land donation from
Spears and Jones. The 21 acres was sold to the City of Benton and the
affiliate purchased 12 acres with plans to develop. Karma Herzfeld continued
to serve as the Executive Director. Wes McFarland was
hired to manage the ReStore, Michelle Blair was hired as an Executive
Assistant and Marvin Gay and Warren Burleson served
as volunteer Construction Supervisors for the affiliate.
In 2007, the affiliate broke ground on Partnership
Village. The 12 acre development, located at Market and Woodlawn, consists
of 65 lots and private alley access for the Habitat families. The affiliate
completed 6 homes, 5of
which were located at Partnership Village. The affiliate built a Thrivent
Build with Habitat home in partnership with Thrivent Financial and the
local Lutheran churches for Linda Raper. The
second Home Builders
Blitz was built in partnership with the Saline Home Builders Association for
Carpenter Club home was built for Kathy Fohn. The Apostles Build
home was built for Sandy Anderson. Two homes were built through
Habitat International's Operation Home Delivery for Michelle Tacko
and Paul LeDoux. Staff for 2007 included:
Karma Herzfeld, executive director; Wes McFarland. restore manager;
Michelle Blair, executive assistant; Derek Rasburry, restore
assistant manager; Troy Hill, restore driver; Krista Petty, PR
coordinator; and Sara Gay, PR intern.
In 2008, the affiliate completed seven
The Carpenter Club Build , the
Home Builders Blitz, the
Thrivent Build, the
Crossroad Missions, Help Build Hope Home
Youth Build, the
Apostles Build, and the
All of the homes were built in Partnership Village, with the exception of
Betty Smith's home, which was built on West Colonel Glenn on land donated to
the affiliate by her family.
affiliate completed five homes
The Carpenter Club Build,
a Community Partnership Build, an
Apostles Build, in which 12
partnered with the affiliate to provide volunteers, funds and food.
Also completed was the
Fund for Humanity Build.
All homes were built in
Village. The 2009 staff consisted of Karma Herzfeld, Executive Director;
Linda Hambric, Construction Supervisor; Katy Remington,
Associate Director of Volunteers and Affiliate Operations; Jenny Thiltgen,
Resource Development Director; Karie Johnson, PR Coordinator, Wes McFarland,
ReStore Manager; Brandon Hughes, ReStore Assistant Manager;
Ley McFarland, Restore Truck Driver.
seven homes in
2010. There was a
Carpenter Club Build, a
Collegiate Challenge home,
Builders Blitz Repair, and the
Youth United Build, which
the 40th family that Habitat for Humanity of Salinee County
served! In addition, there were the
Build and Women Build.
In 2011, the affiliate
completed six houses: Carpenter Club house; two Collegiate Challenge houses;
Apostles house; Women Build house; and Build Season Partners house.
For 2012, the
affiliate has eight families lined up to receive houses. Our current staff includes
Karma Herzfeld, Executive Director; Linda Hambric, Construction Supervisor;
Amy Bennett, Associate Director of Volunteers
and Affiliate Operations; Laura Nix, Resource Development Director;
Cora Halvorson, ReStore Manager;
and Brandon Hughes, ReStore Assistant