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Work on family's Habitat for Humanity home stalled

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MARION, Ill. -- Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers and donations to help make one family's home a reality. The organization has already started on the project, but does not have the funding or manpower to complete the job.

Army Veteran Chris Adams cares for his family by working at the Marion VA as a housekeeper and attends John A. Logan College part-time studying Industrial Maintenance. 

"We make sure the floors are clean and buffed," Adams says. "We help patients out if they need to know where to go. We’re there to help anyway that we can." 

His partner, Leslie Roberts, attends school full-time through online classes. She hopes to become a substitute teacher. "She's not able to work because the kids are not in school yet, and of course, we can't afford daycare," Adams explains. 

Adams struggled to keep a job following his military service and was even homeless for a time. But he qualified for Habitat for Humanity by being a part of the VA's program for homeless and at-risk veterans and their families. 

The family found out they were selected late last year and say they were thrilled about the news, "We were very excited and happy.  Emotional and definitely felt very blessed that we could be given the opportunity." 

Bill Brandstatter, Public Relations Chair for the organization's Williamson County branch, says work on the house started in March, but is now temporarily stopped because planned donations did not come through and not enough volunteers have been signing up to participate. 

They still need $15,000 - $20,0000 to finish the home which still needs everything from a kitchen sink to landscaping. 

However, the setback hasn't stopped the family from planning their future. "She's driving me crazy with the furniture, and where its going. What we're going to paint," Adams laughs. 

Instead, they're focusing on what the opportunity holds for their daughters, "A stable environment to raise the girls in, so we know that they actually have a safe place to be," Roberts says. 

Habitat for Humanity Organizers hope to have all donations by September 15th, so the family can be moved into the home by Thanksgiving. If you would like to donate or volunteer, you can do so by clicking here

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