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More than 150 Habitat, police, church, city volunteers work to become 'Jesus in the skin'


More than 150 volunteers, including police officers, worked to clean up two neighborhoods and wooded areas in and around Martin Luther King Park off Russell Cave Road. (Photo from Lex. Habitat)

More than 150 volunteers, including police officers, worked to clean up two neighborhoods and wooded areas in and around Martin Luther King Park off Russell Cave Road. (Photo from Lex. Habitat)

 
“Jesus in the skin” was how Center Point Church’s pastor described a joint task force of Lexington Habitat for Humanity volunteers, members of the Lexington Police Department and representatives of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government.
 
The group, including members of Rev. Tim Parsons’ church, worked to make a difference in two neighborhoods off Russell Cave Road.
 
Over 150 people operated chain saws, chippers, rakes, weed eaters and wheel barrows to clear brush out of a wooded area in Martin Luther King Park. Others signed in volunteers, handed out water and grilled and served a delicious lunch to the workers.
 

(Photo from Lex. Habitat)

(Photo from Lex. Habitat)

MLK park sits between two neighborhoods where Lexington Habitat has and is making a significant difference. Habitat began 20 years ago building houses along Gerald, Winburn and McCullough Drives in the area. Last fall, with the support of Thrivent Financial, they did home preservation work on 14 houses on Gerald Drive.
 
Many of the homes are visible from the park. There is now new construction on the first home of 30 Habitat will build on the other side of the park in the Brookfield Chase neighborhood.
 
Though close in proximity, these two neighborhoods have offered very different opportunities, according to Habitat representatives. Though sturdy and well-built, the homes in Winburn do not have central air or energy star certification. Many of the mortgages are paid in full.
 
The Brookfield Chase homes will be energy star plus certified and, per neighborhood restriction, will have some brick on the front and a garage. Lexington Habitat were able to purchase the Brookfield Chase lots at foreclosure for less than they typically pay for infill lots, they said.
 
“This neighborhood will be a great place for our homebuyers to raise their families and the children will be able to play in a beautiful park with the grandchildren of some of our original homeowners,” read a news release.
 
From Lexington Habitat


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