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St. Paul’s Lutheran to hold annual ham dinner benefit for Habitat for Humanity

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St. Paul's Lutheran Church will hold a ham dinner benefit for Coles County Habitat for Humanity this Sunday. Pictured is the habitat's newest partner family Alisha Quast and James Dare, and their children Delanie and Brody.


MATTOON — St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, north of Mattoon, is sponsoring a ham dinner benefit on Sunday. Serving is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Proceeds from the dinner will go to Coles County Habitat for Humanity. The menu consists of baked ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans and a variety of salads, pies and desserts, roll and drinks. The address for the church is 8975 E County Road 1200N, Mattoon (two miles east of Dorans), 217-234-9880.

Coles County Habitat for Humanity is currently raising funds to support its 39th home build located at 3224 Shelby in Mattoon. James Dare and Alisha Quast have been selected as Habitat’s newest partner family. James moved to Mattoon in 2010 and has been employed at Rural King for the past four years. Alisha is a Mattoon native and is a stay-at-home mom. James and Alisha have two beautiful children: their son Brody is seven years old, and their daughter Delanie is three years old.

Habitat along with the family recently began construction of the home. James and Alisha are excited to build their new home and to get to know everyone at Habitat. The home is expected to be complete in September.

Coles County Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical Christian housing ministry organized in 1989. It seeks to eliminate poverty housing by building modest, safe and affordable houses for low-income families. Homes are sold to low-income families at no profit with a zero-interest mortgage provided by Coles County Habitat for Humanity. Using the sweat equity of the partner families, volunteer labor, donated materials and the financial contributions of area churches, businesses, organizations and individuals, Habitat seeks to keep costs as low as possible. In Coles County, the cost of a new Habitat home is approximately $80,000. Homeowners make regular payments on no-interest mortgages with terms that can range from 20 to 30 years. A typical homeowner’s monthly costs range from $425 to $450, which covers the mortgage payment and escrows for property taxes and homeowner’s insurance. Mortgage payments from partner families are then used to help build additional houses for future Habitat families.

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Anyone interested in donating or volunteering for the build can contact Melissa McDaniel at the Coles County Habitat for Humanity office at 217-348-7063 or by email at


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