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New director takes over at Habitat for Humanity of Wausau Submitted: 05/13/2015
Story By Adam Fox

New director takes over at Habitat for Humanity of Wausau
WAUSAU - A new person will lead the way for Habitat for Humanity of Wausau. One of his goals will be growing the group's home-building program.

John Prey became the group's new executive director in mid-April. Habitat's been a part of the community for 25 years now, and board members such as President Ark Rhowmine are excited for the change.

"A lot of the opportunity will be that John will be able to approach more volunteers to help with Habitat, and all aspects of where we need volunteers," Rhowmine said.

Habitat helps build homes for low-income families that qualify for the program. It uses support from volunteers, businesses, students, and donors to finish the projects. The group plans to build its 58th, 59th and 60th homes this year thanks to an uptick in funding and economic growth.

"Approximately three years ago, we didn't build any," Rhowmine said. "We took one year [off], and then we went back to two, and now we are building back up to three. Hopefully, within the next year or following year, [we'll build] four or five homes."

Habitat sells the homes to qualifying families. Those families then pay off the no-interest loan, typically over a 30-year period. Rhowmine had been serving as both the board president and the executive director until Prey filled director position. Rhowmine says Prey will take the group's mission forward.

"Due to the fact that he has time and the ability to--through knowledge--to approach the community and to go forth with our mission," Rhowmine said.

Rhowmine says that over the years all of Habitat's homes have contributed more than $6 million in assessed property values to the communities where they were purchased.

To find out more about Habitat for Humanity of Wausau or get involved with the program, visit the link below.


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