Already on Saturday the block foundation and floor were there and Habitat volunteers were standing by for all four walls to be delivered by truck by 3 p.m., said Jeff Hamilton, construction coordinator for the local organization.
The prefabricated walls were built Saturday morning in Florence, Ky., by volunteers working with Crossroads Mission of Louisville, Ky.
“Crossroads builds the walls for us at different sites, wherever they can get church members to turn out and complete the work,” Hamilton said. “Then they deliver the walls to us.”
Hamilton was first on the Grace Street scene Saturday as he broke out his carpentry tools and began making measurements and marks.
“Hopefully, all we’ll have to do is slide them off the trucks and make whatever minor adjustments are necessary, and up they’ll go,” he said.
Next to arrive was Arland “Big A” Rister, a member Habitat’s Scioto County board of directors.
He said the house will have three bedrooms, a bathroom, a living room, a kitchen and dining room and a laundry area.
“It’s being built for the Tracy Stiles family,” he said.
The family that will live in the house is selected before the house is designed, Hamilton said. Each Habitat for Humanity householder performs a certain amount of “sweat equity” in the building of the house.
Scioto County Habitat for Humanity is constantly in need of volunteers and of volunteer donations.
The reward, or pay, is seeing some family that would never have been able to know the pride involved in home ownership move into their own home, a home they can afford with no fear of losing it.
Volunteers are needed not only to do carpentry, electrical, plumbing and other such work, but also to pay for donations of such things as drywall screws, a heating or cooling system, windows at about $125 each, roofing and roof guttering, porch steps, carpet and ceiling fans.
Rister said they’re also looking for volunteers to make sandwiches and soup, or deliver snacks and drinks, to the volunteers working on the site.
People wising to donate labor or materials can contact the organization by calling (740) 353-4993 or visiting www.sciotohabitat.org.
G. SAM PIATT can be reached at (740) 353-3101, ext. 236, or email@example.com.