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Habitat for Humanity seeks volunteers for STAND project

By Tammy Keith

This article was published March 23, 2014 at 12:00 a.m.

CONWAY — Shenel Sandidge of Conway, executive director of Habitat for Humanity for Faulkner County, said the organization’s work with a new Christian ministry will help women who are homeless.

Habitat for Humanity of Faulkner County and volunteers from colleges, churches and the community are restoring six mobile homes in a Conway mobile-home park to be used for Stand Together And No Drugs.

Although some of the work was done during the past week, Sandidge said the project will be ongoing until it is completed.

Suzanne Gonzalez of Conway, executive director and founder of STAND, said she is “ecstatic” about the partnership.

Gonzalez said when she talked to Sandidge about the partnership, “she was awesome. She got all excited and said, ‘We need to do this.’ She has access to electricians, she started naming off stuff that we needed, like light fixtures. We were ecstatic — we were bawling like babies,” she said of STAND volunteers.

The owner of Glen Echo mobile-home park gave six trailers to Gonzalez to use for her outreach for women who are homeless, including those just released from the Faulkner County Detention Center.

One trailer undergoing renovations is being used as STAND’s temporary office space, as well as a home for five women.

Gonzalez said volunteers from Mosaic Church, where she first started her recovery from addiction, as well as men from Renewal Ranch and members of other organizations have their given time to work on the trailers.

STAND also assists the women with food, clothing and education and holds Bible studies and other classes.

For more information or to donate to the project or to volunteer, contact Habitat for Humanity of Faulkner County at P.O. Box 1447, Conway, AR 72033; call (501) 513-3244; or email Sandidge at habitat.conway@att.net.

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