Vol­un­teers work on Habi­tat house

Record Observer - - Front Page - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­times.com

CENTREVILLE — Builders put in an­other day of vol­un­teer work Satur­day, Sept. 16, on the Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity home un­der con­struc­tion in Centreville. On Lit­tle Kid­well Av­enue work­ers are build­ing five days a week, says board mem­ber Ralph Brome.

Tuck­a­hoe Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity’s mis­sion is “to work in part­ner­ship with God and peo­ple ev­ery­where, from all walks of life, to de­velop housing so­lu­tions for low-in­come fam­i­lies to live in af­ford­able, safe, com­fort­able, and sus­tain­able homes through: build­ing new homes, re­hab­bing ex­ist­ing homes, do­ing re­pairs, weath­er­iza­tions, and en­ergy up­grades, so that there are de­cent houses avail­able, in de­cent com­mu­ni­ties, in which ev­ery per­son can ex­pe­ri­ence God’s love and can live and grow into all that God in­tends.”

Ear­lier that week a group of stu­dents from the west­ern shore had come over to vol­un­teer, as had the De­part­ment of Cor­rec­tions early re­lease pro­gram. Part­ners from Catholic Univer­sity were work­ing the same day on a build in Den­ton, said Brome, there are cur­rently two houses un­der con­struc­tion there. Wash­ing­ton Col­lege in Ch­ester­town and Rut­gers Univer­sity also has groups that part­ner reg­u­larly with Tuck­a­hoe Habi­tat, Brome said.

“No skills are needed,” he said, “and a lot of teach­ing is in­volved.” But Tuck­a­hoe Habi­tat en­cour­ages vol­un­teers of all skill level to par­tic­i­pate. In­di­vid­u­als Terri Spence, Ch­eryl Smieja, Kelsey Merkel, Sandy Holicky, Ted Lazo and Danielle Morrison, all par­tic­i­pated in the Satur­day’s build.

Drop-in vol­un­teers are al­ways wel­come, said Brome, but larger groups are en­cour­aged to make plans ahead.

Tuck­a­hoe Habi­tat also has funds avail­able to do en­ergy au­dits, en­ergy up­grades and weath­er­iza­tion for low to mod­er­ate in­come fam­i­lies who own their homes in Caro­line and Queen Anne’s coun­ties at lit­tle or no cost to the fam­ily. This may in­clude — weather strip­ping, CFL Light­ing, heat­ing and A/C, ap­pli­ances, in­su­la­tion, win­dows, and storm doors.

Mod­er­ate in­come for a fam­ily of four in Caro­line County is con­sid­ered $61,700 and in Queen Anne’s is $72,750. Tuck­a­hoe Habi­tat is ded­i­cated to elim­i­nat­ing sub­stan­dard housing in both coun­ties while pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for home own­er­ship for low in­come fam­i­lies in dire need of ad­e­quate housing. Fam­i­lies must be work­ing and be able to re-pay a mort­gage, as well as con­trib­ute “sweat eq­uity” to other builds, said Brome.

For more in­for­ma­tion on how to vol­un­teer or to re­ceive an ap­pli­ca­tion call 410-479-9200 or email cchfh@com­cast.net.

HAN­NAH COMBS

From left, vol­un­teers Terri Spence, Ch­eryl Smieja, Kelsey Merkel, Sandy Holicky, Ted Lazo, Ralph Brome, and Danielle Morrison (on the sec­ond floor) work to com­plete a house in Centreville.

HAN­NAH COMBS

Vol­un­teer Ted Lazo measures boards for the Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity build project in Centreville.

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