Help needed for Habitat house
Workers at the Habitat for Humanity house at 1633 Highland Avenue in Washington are seeking volunteers to help finish the home.
The Washington County liaison for Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity said the construction process was delayed a little bit this winter because of the weather.
“The weather was a little bit of a challenge for all the contractors,” said Margie Roth, Washington County liaison for Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity. “There wasn’t heating here yet and the contractors, like the plumbers and furnace contractors, had emergencies with frozen pipes and no heat elsewhere—but we weren’t in a rush.”
Beginning tomorrow evening volunteers can go the home to assist from 6 to 9 p.m., Roth said. On Fridays and Saturdays volunteers are needed during the day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a break for lunch and again Tuesday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m.
This is the first Habitat for Humanity House Roth has been in charge of. She said it has been an interesting experience.
“It’s been a fascinating challenge,” Roth said, “just because of what steps things happen in, learning who the contractors are, the community members, and how to best reach out to volunteers.”
Jim Cluney, site supervisor, said the progress on the home has been slower than what he would like but any volunteer help is appreciated.
“We have some things to do to keep people busy,” Cluney said. “Not as much as next week when the mudding is done, but we never want to turn down help.”
The drywall inside the home is up now. The mudding and taping process has begun.
Allen Griggs was working on this at the home this morning. He said he has volunteered for 37 years with home projects across the United States from Appalachian Service Project to a children’s home in Oklahoma, and has worked at the other Habitat for Humanity homes in Washington.
“If you stay longer, I’ll show you how to do this and put you to work,” he said.
The floor plan of the home includes four bedrooms, two bathrooms that are handicap-accessible, a living room off to the lefthand side as you walk into the front door, and a kitchen with an island in the right hand corner as you enter from the front door.
The future homeowners, Bob Perry and his wife, Afton, are already thinking about how they’re going to decorate their home.
“We’re looking forward to getting different pictures to hang up in our home that we don’t have up in the apartment,” Bob said. “We just bought a new couch to put in our living room. My wife is really excited about that.”
He estimates he has put in 150 of the 250 required hours of sweat equity for the home.
“It’s been really great and interesting to see how a house comes together,” Bob said. “I’ve never seen a house built before and found out the process is simple and fun.”
Afton said she is looking forward to the open floor plan at her new home, especially the kitchen.
“It opens up into the dining room and the living room, so when I’m in the kitchen cooking I can see everybody, look into the dining room, and see them while I’m cooking,” Afton said.
Afton is counting down the time and hoping it goes by fast.
“They’re looking at two more months [before the home is finished],” she said. “These two months can’t go by fast enough.“
If you would like to volunteer Roth said you could just show up at the house any of the days volunteers are needed or go to the Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity Web site at www.iowavalleyhabitat.org and click on the volunteer section.