State's 1,000th Habitat home to be built here

By MELISSA ARNOLD State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Frankfort officials and Habitat for Humanity partners and supporters gathered at 113 Douglas Ave. Tuesday to celebrate the upcoming construction of Kentucky's 1,000th Habitat home.

Betsy and George Bowen and two of their grandchildren, 17-year-old Justin Tillman and 14-year-old Christopher Tillman, will live in the house when it is completed.

Lyle Hannah, board member for the Kentucky Habitat for Humanity and Habitat for Humanity International, began the kickoff with a prayer.

"The theme today is: A working celebration," he said. "It has taken 22 years to build the first 1,000 houses in Kentucky, and now the challenge is to build the next 1,000 houses by 2008."

Gov. Paul Patton offered his congratulations to the Bowen family.

"This is the realization of the American Dream to have clean and safe housing," he said. "It's inspirational that we Americans still care about our neighbor, and it takes us as individuals to make a caring and compassionate community."

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