Archive for Thursday, July 15, 2004

Habitat house nearly finished

July 15, 2004

The walls are in place, the roof is on and the hours of sweat and volunteer labor are almost over.

Baldwin's first ever Habitat for Humanity house is nearing completion, and a dedication, complete with a tour of the new house, is tentatively planned for Aug. 21.

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"It's going really well," Connie Neuenswander, Habitat family partner, said.

Construction on the house, which is located in the 1400 block of High Street, began in late spring. Every Saturday, volunteer groups have spent the day building the house from the ground up. Throughout the construction, local people and businesses have donated their time during the week installing necessities like the plumbing and electrical wiring.

Despite the rainy, hot weather, Neuenswander said the construction on the house has been delayed very little. She said volunteers were most recently able to put in most of the dry wall and paint the trim and much of the siding.

Diane Kennedy, who will own the house upon its completion, said she has been appreciative of all the volunteer work that has been done on her house.

"The support has really been wonderful," she said. "Every Saturday, there's been new people out there. It's been a blast working with everyone."

Neuenswander said those that haven't been able to help with the construction have volunteered in other ways.

"We have just had an abundance of people want to help with food," she said.

A drive has also been started, she said, in an effort to get a quilt made for each family member to have when the house is completed.

She said the community has really stepped forward on the project.

"It's just wonderful to have people in the community do that," she said.

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