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Habitat for Humanity deserves credit

April 6, 2009 - Chuck Hunt
No matter what your politcal views may be, no one should be able to find fault with Habitat for Humanity. After all, their one and only stated goal is to help people build their own homes. These are people who need a place of their own, and don't have the means to do it on their own. The home is not a gift. The people put in a lot of sweat equity, and at the end, when the home is completed and they move in, they have a mortgage to cover. Granted, the mortgage is at zero interest, but still, it is not a gift. Unlike the television show, 'Extreme Home Makeover,' the folks with a new Habitat for Humanity home wind up with a modest new home, a mortgage, and the feeling that they did a lot of the work to build their home. That is a huge difference from the TV show. Those people are given a home that is sometimes way more than they need, or can afford later, and which they didn't help build one bit. Last Friday the Faribault and Martin County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity held a fundraiser called 'Friday Night Live.' There was a pretty good crowd in attendance, but of course, there could - and should - have been more. The evening's entertainment had a musician from the Twin Cities, and the Lutheran Lady. Both were very entertaining. Andre Rodriques could really play the piano and the guitar. He played and sang numbers which he had written. I think his playing was a lot better than his singing, but that is just my opinion. Janet Martin, the Lutheran Lady, seemed to be a little wild. Later she said she was on a couple of medications and was a little wound up. She was very funny, reading material from the many humor books she has co-authored. Her books are the basis for the two 'Church Basement Ladies' musical shows which have been performed at the Plymouth Playhouse in the Cities the last couple of years. Martin revealed she has written a new Church Basement Ladies show, a Christmas show which will be out in November. It is called, "Away in the Basement." The plot deals with the ladies' efforts to put on a Sunday School Christmas Program, which ends in hilarious disaster. I do have one suggestion for the Habitat for Humanity group. They could probably do just as much, and get just as large a crowd, if they just went with some local entertainment. There are a lot talented folks out there, and besides, all of their families would show up to see them in a show. Just an idea...


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