Family for new Baldwin City Habitat for Humanity home named

Lawrence Habitat for Humanity has found a family to live in a home to be built on a lot at 10th and Fremont next year. A local steering committee has been formed to raise money so that construction can start on the house next spring. Enlarge photo

October 12, 2015

The start of construction on a new Habitat for Humanity house in Baldwin City is on schedule for spring with the selection of a family for the home’s ownership and a project steering committee.

It was announced last spring Lawrence Habitat for Humanity planned to build a 1 1/2 bathroom, 1,250-square-foot home on a corner lot at 11th and Fremont streets, which had been donated to Habitat eight years earlier.

Last week, it was announced Bootsie Lauridsen and Bill Neuenswander will serve as co-chairs of the steering committee for the project to build the home. Also serving on the board are representatives of community churches and businesses. They are Nancy Arnold, Alison Bauer, Scott Behrens, Bryan Buttell, Roger Dressler,

The naming of the steering committee followed a Lawrence Habitat committee’s selection of the family of Josh and Alicia Bayless and their four children as the future homeowners. Alicia Bayless is a hometown girl who returned to Baldwin City with her husband, an employee of D&D Tire of Lawrence, because of her affection for the community and the couple's desire to enroll their three young children to local schools.

Habitat families are required to complete a series of home ownership classes, and adults must contribute 225 hours toward the home’s construction.

“We’re thrilled to be working with such a wonderful family and helping them become homeowners,” Lauridsen said.

It will cost about $85,000 to construct the home. About $45,000 of that has been raised through a recent gift from Kay Parkin in honor of her late husband, Larry, and a $20,000 investment from Lawrence Habitat. It will be the steering committee’s task to raise the remaining money.

“Baldwin is a generous community, and we’re going to get this done,” Neuenswander said.

The former Baldwin school superintendent said anyone looking for more information on the project or wanting to get involved should email him at

The goal is to pour the slab for the new home in April 2016, and have it finished in late August, Neuenswander said.

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