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‘This is how good God is’: Local outreach program helps Whitley County family get their first house

Published: Oct. 12, 2021 at 12:58 PM EDT
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WHITLEY COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Whitley County Natives Tyler and Amber Hall and their three young children not only love each other, but God.

“This is how good God is, how big he is and that he does do what he says he’s going to do,” said Amber.

However, things weren’t always easy for the young family. Their previous home was far from perfect. They said the place had some safety hazards.

“When you live in someone else’s home, you don’t have to the liberty to change things up like you want to. Can’t do things in the yard, that you want to,” said Tyler.

Tyler’s mom suggested the young couple apply for Mountain Outreach’s annual home build. Mountain Outreach is a non-profit service organization operated by the University of the Cumberlands. The program helps build and repair homes in the Eastern Kentucky region.

“She just encouraged us to fill out an application. She wanted us to have a home of our own,” said Amber.

While hesitant at first, they did and the program’s director, Rocky Brown, soon told them they had been selected.

“Through praying about it and going through each application, we just felt like the Halls were the best family for the job,” Brown said.

Brown said construction took almost 12 weeks.

“We do a mortgage for the family. It’s a 0% interest, 0 down payment and then the mortgage payments are based off of the amount of the bill is divided by a 30 year note,” he said.

The home was complete in early September and the Halls moved in September 15th. They said they are thankful for this opportunity.

“It means a lot. I feel like today you don’t see that often anymore and there’s not a lot of feelings …it seems like you know. So it’s really still good there’s people out there that are good,” said Amber.

Brown said while the Halls were this year’s winners, he wants people to know the ministry does not build the home for free. He said the build is still a mortgage.

For more information on the program, click here.

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