Greenup Habitat For Humanity breaking ground for third housing project

By Portia Williams

April 11, 2014

By Portia Williams


FLATWOODS, Ky. — Greenup County Habitat For Humanity (GCHFH) is continuing to carrying out their motto of “Building Houses, Building Hope” with a ground-breaking for their third house at 929 Vallance Street in Flatwoods on April 16 at 4 p.m.

Michael Garlinger, construction coordinator for GCHFH, said they are excited about finally getting started with their third housing project.

“We have been waiting all winter, waiting to get started. All of the freezing temperatures and the snow has us pushed back a little bit. We are trying to get all of our planning organized, so that once we get this process done then we’ll actually be able to get started,” Garlinger said.

He stay they are still working on selecting a family to live in the home.

“Our Family Selection committee is still working on finding a family. We had a family selected last fall, due to some circumstances, fell through so we’ve gone back to our pool of names and are still in that process,” he said.

The project is expected to be completed within the next six months.

“I am hoping we can do the total project in maybe, six months but certainly by the end of this calendar year we should get finished. The objective is to get it done while the weather is still good,” he said.

GCHFH hosts a multitude of fundraising projects, partners with many community agencies and accepts monetary contributions of any amount to help cover the cost of construction. Funding covers building materials and technical work, such as air conditioning/heating, plumbing and electrical.

Upcoming fundraiser events for GCHFH include the following:

Cruise In events on the 2nd Friday of each month. All car shows will be held in the McDonald’s parking lot at 2133 Argillite Road in Flatwoods, Ky. from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Car entree fee is $5.

Cruise-In 2014 Dates:

May 9, June 13, July 11, Aug. 8, Sept. 12,Oct. 10

The annual Golf Scramble will be held May 17, 2014 at Oaks Golf Club in Flatwoods. Golfers, volunteers, hole sponsors are needed. Cost is $50 per golfer or $200 per team. Hole sponsorship costs $100.

According to GCHFH, the final key to success lies in volunteer work, and believes that churches can play a major role, as well as civic groups or clubs who could sponsor workdays or specific projects.

For more information about GCHFH call 606-836-0421. Contributions can be mailed to GCHFH, P. O. Box 905, Greenup, Ky. 41144, or made through PayPal at www.greenupcountyhabitat.org. You can also visit the website to volunteer or post comments.

Portia Williams can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 286, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.