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Second Habitat for Humanity Home in Babbitt to Begin

Posted: 2009-05-15 16:14:42

Volunteers have been meeting throughout the winter to help plan the second Habitat for Humanity home to be built in Babbitt. Now that spring has arrived, house plans, volunteers and a Habitat partner family are ready to break ground on another affordable home. A ground breaking ceremony will be held at the build site (37 Cypress) on Sunday, May 17th at 2:00 pm. There will be a brief ceremony including Babbitt Mayor Glen Anderson, Pastor Frank Davis from the Woodland Presbyterian Church, and the president of North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity’s board of directors, Rod McPeak. The public is invited to help kick-off this project with Habitat partner family Carmen Laine and her two children.

“My kids and I are all getting very excited to start the building process. It is going to be a big task, but we are ready to tackle it. I want to put in as many hours as I can to help build my house, and so do my kids in any way that they can help,” said Carmen Laine.

Work on the footings is scheduled to begin the week of May 18th with plans to pour the foundation the week of June 1st. Framing on the home will begin June 8th with the arrival of Habitat for Humanity Care-a-vanners, a group of RV volunteers. “The first Habitat home in Babbitt, built in 2007, was an overwhelming success due to strong community support and very dedicated local volunteers. We are excited to work with the community of Babbitt to build another Habitat home,” said Nathan Thompson, executive director of North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity. “Many hands will be needed to put in the foundation, frame, insulate, and finish the Laine home. All are invited and encouraged to volunteer.”

Church Groups, businesses and individual volunteers can call Kathy Laine, volunteer coordinator, for the project at 218-827-2610 to sign up to volunteer.

For more information about Habitat for Humanity visit http://www.nslchfh.org/ or call Nathan Thompson at 866-749-8910.