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8:16 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Habitat for Humanity marks start of new Columbia community

Habitat for Humanity and Boone County National Bank have officially kicked off work on a new multi-home development for Columbia families in need. A Friday ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the start of the new community.

Volunteers have started building the second home in the Old Plank Estates development in Southwest Columbia. Boone County National Bank partnered with Habitat for Humanity for the project, and bank employee Susie Naeger says she wants to continue to volunteer: “I would love to help out again, it’s a great team building, I love working with other people and again it’s a little selfish but it makes me feel really great to help other people.”

Volunteers helped Mohannad Mazban start building his house four weeks ago. He is originally from Iraq but works with the United States Army and brought his family to Columbia four years ago. Mazban says he is currently putting his “sweat hours” in on his home, which he hopes to have finished in August. He says he wants to give back to his new community once he is finished.

The new development is estimated to house 30 new families.