Habitat dedicates NM home

Kevin Kling and his children, Micah, Winnie and Joey, stand in the kitchen of their new home in North Manchester. Photo by Davis Fenker

By David Fenker

NORTH MANCHESTER -- Another North Manchester family will soon be moving into a Habitat for Humanity home.

More than 20 people gathered in the kitchen of the Kling family home, 516 W. 4th St., on Sunday, Jan. 15, for its dedication.

“We’ve got some plumbing still to do, and still need to finish Micah’s bathroom. All the toilets need installed. We need to finish the siding, but that can be done anytime,” Kevin Kling, the soon-to-be owner, said. “Hopefully we’ll be done next week or the week after, that way we can start moving sometime in late February. That’s what I’m hoping, but we just have to play it by ear and see what happens.”

Kling and his three children, Micah, Winnie and Joey, currently live in a 900-square-foot, two-bedroom apartment, with all three children sharing a bedroom.

Kling is a single father working full-time at Manchester University as he finishes his education.

Micah, his oldest son, has physical disabilities that occasionally result in him needing a wheelchair, making a handicapped-accessible home a necessity for the family.

Their Habitat home features wide doorways and walkways, a ramp up to the front porch, and a handicapped-accessible bathroom. It also has four total bedrooms.

“Micah’s all excited,” Kling said. “He finally gets his own bedroom. He’s had to share with his two little siblings for the last four years.

“They’re all excited.”

Jeremy Jones, pastor at Sweetwater Assembly of God, blessed and dedicated the home.

“Today is a very special day, I know, for Kevin and for Micah, for Winnie and for Joey. I get the pleasure of seeing these kids every single week,” he said before the blessing.

“Being able to see how the community came together to bless this family has been an awesome thing to see.”

After the blessing, Jones had everybody gather around the family and lay a hand on them as he prayed over them.

Habitat Board of Directors President Dan Early presented Kling with the key to the new home, then ended the ceremony.

Kling will officially receive the home after the work is completed.

Posted on 2017 Jan 24