Habitat for Humanity board chairman Fred Osborn visits with future homeowner Travis Vene during ceremonies on Friday afternoon for Vene's new barrier-free home at 2106 Virginia on Tuesday. Vene, who is paralyzed from the waist down, will soon inhabitat the home, which will feature a roll-in shower, lower cabinets and high electrical sockets, among other features designed around a wheel chair bound resident. Thrivent Financial supplied a $40,000 grant to help build the home. It is the ninth Joplin home that the company has helped build. The Independent Living Center consulted on the design of the home. Also pictured from the left: Habitat board member Larry Warren, Kris Callen , of Thrivent Financial and Scott Clayton, executive director of Joplin Habitat for Humanity.
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