Mark Twain Area Habitat for Humanity member Wayne Harbourn says the exterior of the home located at the corner of North Hawkins and Rackliffe Street in Hannibal is nearing completion. He says just a few more days are needed to finish soffit and fascia work on the vinyl-sided home.. Then the focus will move to finishing the interior.

Harbourn says the completion date will depend on the amount of volunteers who show up. Folks who wish to donate even an hour or two are welcome. He says there are roles for both skilled and unskilled volunteers.

Shelby Snow and her 8 year-old daughter are the recipients chosen to inhabit the home once completed. Snow says the close proximity to Mark Twain Elementary School will be a plus.

One of the requirements of a homeowner is participation in the building process. The recipient must donate at least 300 hours of “sweat equity” to the project. Wayne Harbourn says Snow was a good partner to work with—he says she has “poured her heart and soul” into the endeavor.

Snow says she has learned a good deal and even helped run some of the heavy machinery. She is grateful for this opportunity and wishes to thank the Mark Twain Area Habitat for Humanity for “giving her a hand up and not a hand out.”

Information regarding volunteering,  monetary donations, as well as the application process,  is on line at   According to the website, all staff and members are volunteers and funds raised are spent locally.

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