News Feature

Originally published in The Weekly Packet, June 6, 2013
Habitat grant to help Sedgwick family

The Maine Community Foundation has awarded a $9,500 grant from the Hancock County Fund to Hancock County Habitat for Humanity to build Habitat’s Home #18 with the Combs family in Sedgwick. This matching funds grant engages 12 area churches in fundraising and volunteer labor in what Habitat for Humanity calls a Disciple-build.

“Missy Combs is a motivated, resourceful mother of two who works hard to provide for her family,” Hancock County Habitat’s director Jimmy Goodson said in a news release. “Their family currently lives in her mother’s house with other relatives in an overcrowded situation. With donated family land in Sedgwick, we plan to begin home construction this fall. With this generous grant from the Maine Community Foundation, we are well on our way to making their dream of homeownership a reality.”

Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit and financed with affordable, zero interest loans.

Habitat for Humanity is currently the sixth largest homebuilder in the U.S. and has been successful in building with low-income populations due in large part to being able to motivate churches. “We believe this Disciple-build is a project-driven way to engage churches to join our mission, forming a coalition with area churches opening doors to new church partners on the Blue Hill peninsula,” said Goodson.

For more information on Habitat, its mission and its Ellsworth ReStore, visit