Archive for Thursday, April 1, 2004

Nail drive set for Habitat house; Saturday work groups forming

April 1, 2004

Diane Kennedy is ready to start work on her new house.

"I am getting very anxious," she said. "I'm excited to get it all started."


Kennedy won't have to wait much longer.

The nail drive for the first Habitat for Humanity house in Baldwin is set for 9 a.m. April 24. Jean Lilley, executive director of Lawrence Habitat for Humanity, said the traditional nail drive ceremony signals the start of construction for the Habitat home.

"The nail drive is always the first big event," she said.

Kennedy and her three children will have the opportunity to drive the first nails into their future home in the 1400 block of High Street on the last Saturday in April. Once that is done, Lilley said, construction on the house will be in full swing.

"A lot of times, by the end of the day, the frame is already set up," she said.

But the construction will be far from complete after the first day. Lilley said the house will take approximately 12-14 weeks to construct, which means the house won't be completed until mid summer.

In order for the house to meet its summer completion date, Diane Wagner said, volunteers are needed to help with construction.

Wagner is currently organizing Saturday work groups to work each week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. She said those wanting to volunteer need to sign up for a Saturday, because only 10 to 15 people can work at a time.

"We just can't accommodate any more than that," she said.

Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age, and those under 18 years old must have parental signatures, she said, because of insurance reasons.

"If you do call to sign up, that means we are counting on you to be there," she said.

Those wanting to be part of a work group can call Wagner at (785) 423-1246.

Lilley said everything seems to be falling into place smoothly with relatively few problems. That includes Habitat's permit and connection fees, which the Baldwin City Council decided not to reduce or waive any of the fees.

"Those are paid and we're moving forward," Lilley said. "Things are pulling together quite nicely."

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