MILFORD, OHIO - “Delicious” homemade bean soup will be prepared, and sold Saturday, February 2, 10 am - 4 pm, and Sunday, February 3, 10:00 - 12 noon, at Milford United Methodist Church Welcome Center, 541 Main Street. Bean soup will be provided as carryout orders for $4.00/quart donation.
O’Neal Johnston, soup crew leader, said that “the bean soup fund raising project was conceived by Anna Campbell, an original Board Member of the Clermont County Habitat for Humanity Chapter, in 1991 to draw attention of the need to eliminate sub-standard housing in our community as a contrarian focus to the hoopla associated with the Super Bowl Football Championship”. In recent years, a Habitat for Humanity House has been built during Super Bowl week in the host city by football players and fans. Anna had worked for several years as a food manager in the Milford Schools, thus as the “Queen of the big pots”, she prepared the wonderful bean & ham soup receipt that could be prepared in 60 quart volume for community churches to prepare as a fund raising effort to support house construction by the volunteers of Clermont Habitat Chapter.
Again Toomey Natural Foods, (914 Lila Ave, Milford, OH) has donated 175 pounds of great northern beans and Kroger’s Deli Dept. (824 Main St., Milford, OH). provided quart food containers. Over the years more than 6,000 quarts of Souper Bowl Bean Soup have been prepared which provided funds to purchase construction materials for each of 33 Habitat houses built in Clermont County. On February 17 at 3:00 pm, Clermont Chapter of TriState Habitat for Humanity will celebrates the completion of their 33rd Habitat House at 326 Brown Avenue in Bethel.
Clermont County Habitat Chapter of TriState Habitat for Humanity builds affordable, simple housing for working low-income families in Clermont County. These families perform 500 hours of sweat equity on Habitat projects as part of their down payment. Habitat Families purchases these homes with zero interest loans at cost, being reduced by volunteer labor and donated materials. Their mortgage payments to Habitat are applied to the construction of additional homes. Thus, a gift to Habitat works in perpetuity, reinforcing the cycle of community responsibility and improvement. TriState Habitat for Humanity has built 178th Habitat house in their 8-county service area and tithed funds to support construction of over 150 International Habitat Houses. For more information contact TriState Habitat office at 513-942-9211; or www.habitat-tristate.org. (Picture of Bethel Habitat House)