In July 2011, Gary Haynes died after battling myelofibrosis, a type of chronic leukemia that affects bone marrow. Related issues contributed to uncertain living arrangements.
“I was devastated,” said Charli Haynes, his widow, an Edmond-area resident at the time. “I couldn’t see how I could ever get my own place in which to live.”
A couple of weeks ago, a friend who attends the First Presbyterian Church of Edmond told Haynes about Turning Point Ministries. In 2008, it was established by members of the church who wanted to organize a community-based mission to supply new affordable housing opportunities in Edmond.
Haynes said she called Bob Turner, a member of the organization’s oversight board, and one thing led to another.
“It’s a blessing to have this opportunity,” Haynes said. “It’s totally unexpected.”
At 2 p.m. Saturday, Turning Point Ministries will bless its two newest homes which are part of a duplex in Legacy Station, a growing development just north of downtown Edmond. A family of five is moving into a four-bedroom home next door to Haynes. On Thursday, movers were unloading her belongings.
“Both occupants will be a wonderful addition to the Legacy Station neighborhood,” said Josh Moore, president of Turning Point Ministries. “We are thankful and blessed for the cooperation of the City of Edmond, the Oklahoma Housing Finance Authority, all of our volunteers and financial supporters and the One Foundation for providing a grant for the home appliances.”
Moore said the project started in August of 2012 and took about five months to complete. About 80 volunteers played a role from start to finish, along with multiple sub-contractors that discounted their services along the way, Moore said.
The two newest homes are about 1,475 square feet each, Moore said. They have four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a one-car garage, geothermal heating and cooling for maximum energy savings courtesy of the City of Edmond’s heat pump rebate program, Energy Star windows and doors, spray foam insulation around the perimeter and roof for maximum insulation value, an interior fire sprinkler system courtesy of the Fire Marshal’s Association of Oklahoma, a security alarm, modern appliances, a brick veneer to minimize future maintenance costs and an irrigation system on a neighborhood water well.
The 12-home Legacy Station neighborhood has an owner’s association, a common park, common parking and convenient access to community transportation, Edmond Public Schools and Edmond Library.
Haynes, now a nurse working for St. Anthony hospital, said her grandson will be living with her in her new home. She said she wants to give back to the community. She is considering using her nursing skills at the HOPE Center health clinic.
Haynes said she believes God played a part in connecting her with Turning Point Ministries.
FOR MORE information about Turning Point Ministries, visit turningpointoklahoma.org.
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