Scott County Habitat History
Scott County Habitat began in the minds of two local community leaders. Ed Boden and Tom Scholl saw a need in this community and set out on the path that would lead them to a core group of people joining together to form Scott County Habitat for Humanity. Joining them were in the early days were both individuals and groups. Individuals included (alphabetical order) : the Rev. Dick Allison, Gary Ball, Pat Blackburn, Bob Bryant, Ken Findley, Joe Johnson, James McLean, Wayne Moore, John Oldham, and Teresa and Tom Young. Other groups and organizations helping to launch this much-needed program in Scott County included: Faith Baptist Church, First Baptist Church, First Christian Church, the Kiwanis Club, and Mallard Point Baptist Church. From these, the initial corporate officers were selected and leading the way in addition to Ed Boden and Tom Scholl were Joe Johnson, James McLean and Wayne Moore.
Our first leaders, churches, and organizations like Kiwanis, were joined soon by more individuals, churches, groups, businesses, and schools:
- James and Audrey Booney, Dave Loney, and Ed Welch–the Chief Engineer in charge of building Toyota Tsuscho, and a long-time board member. Norio Ohno, Sr. VP for Toyota, and his wife, Michiko, logged many hours of labor, as did First Lady, Glenna Fletcher, and her staff in 2004.
- Four more local congregations added their numbers. The Brotherhood of the Kentucky Baptist Convention gave financial donations and volunteers.
- Kiwanis was joined by the Scott County Women's Club, the Georgetown Women's Club, Longview Country Club, Homebuilders Association, and Scott County Chamber of Commerce, and Paradigm Foundation.
- Toyota Tsuscho was joined by the Bocker Company, Factory Stores of America, Foley Concrete, Nesbitt Engineering, Spade Corporation, many independent contractors, and corporations based in Lexington, such as IBM and Lexmark.
- Funds and loans were provided by the Kentucky Home Loan Bank and Kentucky Housing Corporation.
- The City of Georgetown helped obtain land, the Kentucky National Guard did rough grading, and the Scott County Road Department did finish grading.
- Georgetown College has provided many individuals in both administrative and student capacities, as has the Scott County Schools system.
Scott County Habitat for Humanity started with the idea of forming a Habitat affiliate in Georgetown from two men, Tom Scholl and Ed Boden on January 8, 1990 at Mallard Point Baptist church. Since the founding of Scott County Habitat for Humanity, the mission and scope of the Scott County affiliate has grown in the more than 27 years since that time. In our humble beginnings, our dream of building homes for deserving, but needy families in our county was limited to repairing homes because of a lack of funds. Since that time, we have created a Habitat Village in the City of Georgetown with 31 homes, and have built a total of 36 homes in Scott County and have plans to impact many more families in this community in the years to come.