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  • Lon Tegels, Northeast Arkansas News

Habitat Announces New Housing Project

What was thought to be a $10-thousand-dollar check presentation from Laws Flooring and Rug to Habitat for Humanity turned out to be a much bigger project. The event was staged to introduce a nine single family houses called Build Up for Phillip. The project is named for Phillip Evans who Michelle Laws knew from church. She said she had a special feeling about Phillips commitment to paying it forward.

Michelle Laws-Owner of Laws Flooring and Rugs says,

"Phillip’s natural gift was to build, and he would go to other countries to build on mission trips, he would build locally, and we thought what better way to honor Philips memory and honor his family.

Evans was very active on help with construction of local projects and went traveled on numerous missions to help those in underserved areas.

Brook Evans wife, says “he loved to build. he enjoyed serving and so this brings it all together and a great way to remember him."

The Build Pp for Phillip project will be located here in the 200 block of State. Right now this is nothing more than a vacant lot, by the time it’s done, it will include 9 single family dwelling and a playground center"

The Build it for Phillip has a good financial start. In 2017 the Arkansas Development Authority awarded the Jonesboro Habitat for Humanity nearly a million dollars to build 12 new single-family homes. Nine of the homes will be here at on what will become Evan’s Way. The other three will be built on Belt Street.

The $10-000 donated by Laws Flooring and Rug is the seed money for a much bigger campaign.

Michael Sullivan , Habitat for Humanity Jonesboro Executive Director, says, "$325 thousand dollars-to build a street and run water and electrical lines. to actually build the park itself and the sidewalks and everything else that goes along with it."

There were lots of winners at the event. The owners of Laws Flooring won $20-thousand dollars from Synchrony Financial for helping small businesses Improve. The store in turn donated half the award to Habitat to aid them with their development goals.

Michell Laws says, “he built people up, he built communities up, he did everything to honor God.”

The Build up for Phillip campaign has set out to raise $325-thousand dollars.

If you would like to help you can head to or call them at 870-203-9898.


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