BLITZ BUILD FOR RIDGEWAY
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY HOUSE
Paul and Meagan Sobolik, along with forty Habitat for Humanity volunteers, helped raise the walls on their new home in Ridgeway at the November 16/17th “blitz build.” The Soboliks and their three-year old daughter, Maycee are the 2013 Partner Family selected by the Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity Board. Meagan stated, “We are looking forward to having a place that is our own and that has a yard in which Maycee can play.”
Habitat for Humanity has added the phrase “blitz build” into everyday language thanks to its campaigns to put concentrated and coordinated effort into the beginning process for building homes. Volunteers assemble on a target date and together begin the massive effort of building an affordable home for a family selected by the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate.
The workday began with a dedication service led by Reverend Jeff Hansen, Pastor of Peace Lutheran Church in Ridgeway. Twenty Luther College students joined experienced builders to raise and sheath the walls and out up the trusses. The basement had already been constructed and capped in preparation for the blitz build.
“Once again we made tremendous progress in one weekend. This year’s volunteers stuck it out through wind, rain, and cold. I’m grateful to the volunteers and to those who donated the food and beverages for us: Luther College Sedexo, Java John’s, Fareway, and Phyllis Burri,” said Gus Johnson, Executive Director of Habitat.
Tuesdays and Saturdays are workdays for continuing the construction of the new home. All volunteers are welcome whether rookie or veteran builders. They will be directed by experienced Habitat personnel, who are familiar with construction procedures and processes. For further information, contact Gus Johnson at 563. 382.1802.
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The basement has been excavated, footings poured, and plumbing roughed in. And the basement walls are being poured.
This will be the 27th home built by Winneshiek Habitat since it was organized in 1992. Homes have been completed in Burr Oak, Calmar, Castalia, Decorah, Freeport, Ossian and Ridgeway.
For more information, please contact Gus Johnson at 563-382-1802 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity (WCHFH) is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization. The goal for Habitat for Humanity is to work in partnership with people in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. The houses are sold to those in need at no profit and with no interest charged.
Volunteers provide much of the labor and partner families themselves invest hundreds of hours of labor "sweat equity" into building their homes and the homes of others. Their mortgage payments go into a revolving Fund for Humanity that is used to build more houses, both in the US and Guatemala, the international partner nation for the Winneshiek Habitat affiliate.
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