Franklin County Habitat for Humanity has hired a new executive director. The position has gone unfilled for several years.
Christina Meyer, who grew up in Washington and graduated from St. Francis Borgia Regional High School, said her new role is a “dream job.” She said working to help families in need felt like a calling.
“For me it was really kind of like a dream job, I really wanted to find something where I was helping people and giving back to the community,” Meyer said.
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, Christian ministry that works with families to put a roof over their heads. Franklin County’s chapter is based in Union.
Meyer, who has a bachelor’s degree in marketing and previously worked at Schroeder Insurance and the Franklin County Country Club, started her new position Feb. 27. That same week, Habitat broke ground on a new home in Sullivan.
A Great Fit
Ralph Gildehaus, Franklin County Habitat for Humanity Board president, said Meyer is a perfect fit for the organization. He said he believes she encompasses the values of the organization.
“As president, I’m very, very excited. Her personality fits the bill,” he said. “She’s a very caring person and I feel that she’s very excited to be in the position to help people make that dream of homeownership a reality. She’s the perfect fit for what Habitat is looking for.”
Gildehaus said, with Meyer’s help, he hopes the organization can complete two houses every year going forward.
Since its formation in 2001, Habitat for Humanity’s Franklin County branch has constructed 11 homes and helped refurbish many more.
Meyer said Habitat is always looking for lots to build on in Franklin County for future projects. She said she hopes to meet with community organizations to share more on how they can become more involved with the organization.
Searching for Families
For now, Meyer said the search for a family to live in the Sullivan property has begun. Families looking to live in a Habitat home have to fulfill a list of requirements and work through “sweat equity.”
Habitat for Humanity looks for the following requirements in a family.
• Must have a need for housing.
• Meet USDA Direct loan income requirements.
• Willing to undergo a credit check.
• Undergo a criminal background check.
• Partner with Habitat for Humanity of Franklin County, which includes “sweat equity” of working at least 300 hours for new homes and 75 hours on rehabbed homes.
• Be residents of Franklin County or have gainful employment in Franklin County.
The organization is currently searching for a construction supervisor for the Sullivan project, as well.
Looking forward, Meyer said the organization is eyeing the possibility of opening a “restore,” a resale-like store that sells some of the donations the charity receives. Those funds then go towards building more homes for families.