As one of the Co Chairs of Humboldt's first Habitat for Humanity house I am pleased to announce that construction has begun.
The plan is to construct a Duplex with a total of 1800 square feet on the main and basement floors per each side. Two families that met the Habitat for Humanity criteria have been chosen and in fact both families have already been on site working the required 500 hours per family. Habitat believes in a Hand Up not a Hand Out and therefore, the owners of the home must work on site and pay a mortgage on the home as they will be owners. The chosen families must be in the low income range, be employed, and they can not be on social assisstance.
The actual build began the last week in June when the basement was dug. The official sod turning was June 28 and a variety of dignitaries, including the Provincial Government who gave a donation of $100,000, were in attendance. By early July, the footings were poured and by the third week in July, the wooden basement walls were erected and the joists were installed. This week the walls on the main floor will be up.
The house is located at 521 2nd Street, just down from Sarcan Recycling. Drive by and check it out.
Workdays are Tuesday to Saturday from 8 until 5 pm.
Volunteers are needed. The range in experience can be from Want to Learn to Skilled. If you want to work on the house, you need to bring a hammer, tape measure and pencil. If you have steel toed boots, great; if not, we will supply steel caped "Slip ons" that fit over your regular shoes. We also provide a hard hat and gloves.
If you do not want to work on the actual build, you can still volunteer. We need people who can phone the volunteers, register them in the morning at the site, provide snacks for coffee breaks, and provide meals on Sponsorship Days when businesses or organizations make a donation to the Humboldt Chapter of Habitat and then work on the site for a day. Sponsorship Days can be excellent for team building.
Once you fill in and submit the Volunteer form, you will be phoned at least a week in advance.
Think about Volunteering. You will learn a bit about building a house, work with some great people and you also receive a nifty T Shirt! Best of all, you will be contributing to a worthy cause - providing affordable housing to low income families.
If you would like to volunteer, you can pick up forms at Partners, across from the Clinic; Reid Thompson Library on Main Street or Mark's Work Warehouse situated inside Canadian Tire.
If you would like to make a donation, please phone me at (306) 231-3078.
If you would like further information or a presentation about Habitat for Humanity Humboldt Chapter, please call me at (306) 231-3078.