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Childress organization helps family of six

CHILDRESS, TX - Modeled after the national organization Habitat for Humanity, the Augment non-profit organization in Childress is helping families in need.

Matthew and Leah Halliady have four children.

With a family of six living under a small two bedroom home with one bath, space was tight.

In addition, we're told the couple's home needed major repairs and was set to be condemned by the city.

The Halliday's are the second family in that town to receive assistance from the Augment group.

Strictly based off donations and volunteers, the organization takes homes that have either been foreclosed upon, condemned or donated and then remodels them for new families.

"We had over 300 volunteers for this project," John Henderson with the Augment project explained.

The organization also credits their ability to remodel homes to local contractors who have been generous enough to donate their time.

"This project alone is just one of many things in Childress that offers as a testament to how strong this community is in wanting to take care of each other," Matthew Halliday said. "There are a lot of people who are sleeping on a bench and have nothing to eat and are freezing and you go into the city and people just don't notice it or see it."

The Halliday family says without the help from this organization, none of this would have been possible.

"It doesn't feel real yet," Halliday said. "It feels like a dream."

Now we're told these homes aren't completely free.

The new homeowners are responsible for financing the repair costs and upgrades through a mortgage.

Recipients are also required to volunteer 100 hours of their time to assist the non-profit with future projects which we're told the Halliday family has already completed. 

The Augment group is scheduled to break ground on two more homes next month.

For more information about the organization, you can visit their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Augment-Project-Childress-Texas/160612500617206

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