Road to a Better Community: Baring Cross rebuilding, one home at a time

Road to a Better Community

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - One North Little Rock community is getting a makeover thanks to Habitat for Humanity. To some, Baring Cross may be considered a lower income area, but the people who call it home say the best has yet to come.

For over 10 years, Habitat for Humanity of Central Arkansas has been rebuilding the area with new quality and affordable homes. Director Steve Biernacki, said homes like the one they are currently preparing for Saturday, are what keep the area flourishing.

“Over the last 5 years we’ve built another 40 homes," Biernacki said. "Through our neighborhood revitalization program 'Rock the Block' we’ve repaired another 120 homes.”

Biernacki is excited to show the finished home to Raymond Donaldson. He also can’t wait to see the look on Raymond’s face when Officer Tommy Norman hands him over the keys. Norman, along with several other city officials, were born and raised in the Baring Cross area.

Biernacki said the mission for Habitat for Humanity is to change the face of a historic neighborhood, while also maintaining the value and integrity it once had.

This Saturday, October 22 is Make A Difference Day. Volunteers from Habitat for Humanity along with members from THV 11 will be on site to help raise the walls of a new home for Raymond Donaldson. Feel free to come out and join the team or tune into THV to see full coverage of the finished product.

If you want to donate to Raymond and the Tiny House project you can donate the following below to Habitat for Humanity.

List of donation items:

  • Gift cards to Lowe's, Target or Wal-Mart
  • Lawnmower
  • Gardening supplies
  • Microwave
  • Coffepot
  • Grill
  • Pots and pans
  • Cleaning supplies

List of cash donations to Habitat for Humanity:

  • $5, paint brush
  • $10, box of nails
  • $20, wall stud
  • $35, roof shingles
  • $50, low flow toilet
  • $75, window
  • $100, kitchen sink
  • $150, front door
  • $1,000, wallboard
  • $2,000, flooring
  • $37,500, half of a house


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