The Payne family of Henegar recently experienced something they never dreamed they would experience—waking up in a home they own free and clear.
Through the Heart and Hands program of the Upper Sand Mountain Parish, Tina and Randy Payne now own their house and the land it sits on, and it's a huge step in making a better life for their children. "It's everything not to have to worry," said Tine Payne.
The Heart and Home ministry allows low-income families to own a home for the cost of materials. The Paynes moved into one of these homes in 1999, and this month celebrated full ownership at a Deed Party hosted by Upper Sand Mountain Parish.
"One of our goals is to break the cycle of generational poverty," said Rev. Woody Woodin. "Home ownership brings stability, and stability is key."
Upper Sand Mountain Parish, with assistance from churches, the local community, and mission teams from other states, wants to grow the program. The ministry has built 48 houses so far, and currently have two houses available for qualified applicants. Their hope is to make a dent in rural poverty, which is one goal of the ministry.
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