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Habitat home taking shape

Family escaped unrest in native Burma

POSTED: January 26, 2014 12:03 a.m.
For the Forsyth County News/

The Pauk family will be the recipients of a new Habitat for Humanity home on Dave’s Creek Road.

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Volunteers with Habitat for Humanity-North Central Georgia have begun work on a new house in south Forsyth.

The home is being built in partnership with Felix Paulk and his wife Alina, who were born in Burma (Myanmar). The United Nations Refugee Program assisted the family in moving to Malaysia and eventually to the United States in 2010.

The couple, who work for Tyson Foods in Cumming, have three children ages 8, 5 and 9 months. They have lived in Cumming for nearly two years.

The home is the second that Habitat for Humanity-North Central Georgia plans to build on Dave’s Creek Road.

According to information from the Habitat office, the Jan. 18 First Nail Ceremony drew a large number of sponsors, volunteers, family members, board members and Habitat staff.

The Rev. Frank Richardson of the Good Shepard Catholic Church, where the family worships, blessed the site. The church also provided volunteers who completed the farming of the home.

Good Shepard is among the sponsors, which also include DataScan, Ingenico, KeyWorth Bank, Siemens, Travelers, and United Way of Forsyth County.

Each family helped by Habitat is required to attend 10 educational classes and perform 300 “sweat equity” hours on their home. They receive a 25-year, no-interest loan.

 

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