Habitat construction sputters

By Erika Pedroza | Published Saturday, December 7, 2013
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Construction on Trinity Habitat for Humanity’s newest home-building project in Wise County began Wednesday but quickly stalled due to the weather and a shortage of volunteers.

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HOME PARTNERSHIP – Jeff Nicholson and other Wells Fargo volunteers present Habitat for Humanity, represented by sponsor relations manager Beth Lopez, a $10,000 check for a Build-A-Home project in Decatur Wednesday. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

Build days 2, 3 and 4 – originally scheduled as Dec. 5, 6, 7 – were rescheduled to Dec. 12, 14 and Jan. 11, because of the ice storm that blew in Thursday. In addition, a build day scheduled for Friday, Dec. 13, has been canceled due to a low number of volunteers that signed up to help.

But organizers are optimistic that the setback is temporary.

Building is scheduled to resume Thursday, Dec. 12, and most of the days thereafter will be filled by sponsor groups.

“Interested parties can volunteer if there is space available with one of the sponsor groups,” said Beth Lopez, sponsor relations manager for Trinity Habitat for Humanity.

“They should contact the First United Methodist Church or the Church of Christ in Decatur, who are working to fill their designated days.”

Lopez added that a make-up day and a landscaping day closer to the finish date may be scheduled.

If interested in these opportunities, call Sonya Chung with Volunteer Services Group at 817-926-9219, ext. 111.

Or individuals can register via Habitat’s online volunteer hub at Select “Volunteer,” then register and you will be taken to a list of all of the volunteer opportunities available.

“We appreciate all of the support and flexibility,” Lopez said.

The home is located at 202 W. Oak St. in Decatur.

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HOME PARTNERSHIP – Construction began Wednesday, and homeowner Charlie Schmerber was on hand to help. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

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