HouseRaising Volunteers - Neighbors helping neighbors describes the mission of HouseRaising Volunteers of Cherokee and Clay Counties, a non-profit organization of people in Cherokee and Clay Counties which comes together to help provide adequate housing for families with children.
The major fundraising effort is the annual Holy Smoke, a smorgasbord of soups, salads, main dishes, and more prepared by area ministers and others interested in bettering the lives of neighbors and friends. This event is held in October.
"As Christians we are called to serve those among us who have specific needs, and there are few needs greater than safe affordable housing," Al Beck, minister at First United Methodist Church of Murphy, says.
The basic plan of a home that a family and volunteers put their sweat equity in is about 1100 square feet with 2 to 3 bedrooms. Families carry a mortgage based on each one's financial situation.
The HouseRaising Volunteers board raises funds and plans the work year. Projects are based on community and family needs. Applicants go through a screening process and are counseled on financial practices. Families interested in applying for the program or for more information can call 828-389-1375 or 838-837-6821.