State Farm Insurance volunteers to construct Habitat home for Columbus woman

State Farm Insurance is partnering with the Columbus Area Habitat for Humanity to provide volunteer labor and financial support to construct a new home for a Columbus woman.

Agents and employees of State Farm will raise the walls of Shantrell Sheppard's new two-story home on 39th Street on Friday, June 15, with the Blessing of the Building scheduled for 8:30 a.m.

State Farm associates will volunteer at least forty hours to the Columbus Area Habitat for Humanity and the company will donate funds to Habitat to support the financial costs of construction.

“The partnership with State Farm represents exactly how Habitat building principles work. The volunteer labor provided by local agents, associates and employees help keep construction costs lower thus allowing Habitat to sell the home for a cost that is affordable for hard-working potential homeowners like Ms. Sheppard who otherwise would not be able to afford a home of their own," Brinkley Pound, executive director for the Columbus Area Habitat.

Construction on Sheppard's home is scheduled to be complete by the beginning of August and Sheppard and her children should be able to move in by the end of August. Columbus Area Habitat has built over 270 homes in Columbus. The homes are mortgaged to the homeowner in a 20-year, no-profit, no-interest mortgage. Monthly payments include a portion for the principal portion of their mortgage and an escrow payment for property taxes and homeowners’ insurance. Mortgage payments are used to construct other Habitat homes for qualified families.