PORTSMOUTH — Members of Scioto County Habitat For Humanity (SCHFH) were hard at work Saturday at the Lute Building in Portsmouth. The group gathered to build the walls for their next home located on Stanton Ave. in New Boston.
Jim Climer, work site coordinator, said they met their goal to have 100 volunteers to assist SCHFH with the wall building project.
“Today is Saturday, the fifth of March, and we are having our wall building event going on today. We have participation of 100 people, which was our goal for today, representing about seven or eight different churches here in the county, “Climer said. “So we appreciate the help, and things are coming along.”
Paul White, president of SCHFH, this is the organization’s first attempt at wall-building.
“We are trying to get the walls built for our next Habitat house. We have never done this before. We’ve used this organization Crossroads Mission, but we’ve always asked mega churches from other areas to do the build for us, and they’ve paid for the material and provided the labor and so forth,” White said. “I kind of felt like we were creating church welfare, and we needed to be doing it ourselves locally, if we could. So that is why we tried to involve a lot of the local churches and different organizations to come in and help.”
SCHFH is doing a ceremonial today, and will place them at the actual site at a later date.
“Basically, we are getting all of the interior and exterior walls built today, and we’ll be able to set those on the subfloor and it will really help with the speed of the building of the house,” White said. “We are going to do a ceremonial. We are going to stand the walls up, so you can see the house configuration, but that will just be a ceremonial thing, they won’t be permanently in place they will be on the back parking lot. Then later it will be set up on the site and nailed in place, but today it’s just going to be a ceremonial. I am thinking that its going to be in the next two to three weeks.”
In addition to the support from some local churches, Climer said Judge Mowery and Judge Alan Lemon sent volunteers to help with the wall building as well.
“One other thing that I would like to do is thank Judge Steve Mowery of the Municipal Court, and Judge Alan Lemons of the Juvenile Court,” Climer said. “They assigned some folks for community service to come down and help us out, and they’ve been a great help.”
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