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Habitat looking for volunteers

Friday, June 19, 2009

The newest Habitat for Humanity house has its frame up. The house should be finished before school begins in the fall.
Habitat for Humanity is looking for groups and individuals to help with the construction of their newest home in Roachdale.

"This week we'll be trying to get some work done and get the house closed in," reported board member Barb Hill.

"The best thing to do is to call us if you can volunteer. You have to sign a waiver before you can begin working," said Hill.

A few groups have signed up to work the next several Saturdays but more help is needed and would be appreciated.

The Putnam County Sheriff's Department/community corrections road crew will be working on the home on June 20 and members of the National Guard will be there on June 27.

July 11 is women's volunteer day with members from the Food Stamp Office, City Clerk/Mayor's office, Putnam County Hospital and Auditor's office.

July 18 the Roachdale Christian Church will be volunteering and July 25th is tentatively Rupert's Kids.

The house is a five bedroom, two-bath home and will cost about $45,000 to build. The house will be finished before school starts in the fall. It is located at 400 S. Indiana Street in Roachdale. This is directly across from the Roachdale Elementary School.

For information on volunteering contact Putnam County Habitat for Humanity at 653-5360.

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Where is this going to stop? 4 bedrooms, 2 baths... for someone who has 5 or 6 kids with no Daddy.... why not make it 6 or 7 bedrooms 3 and 1/2 baths oh heck lets build a mansion.... maybe put in a pool or hot tub... more square feet... again where is the line drawn...

-- Posted by dcsaiht on Sat, Jun 20, 2009, at 7:29 AM

Habitat was a great idea in the beginning but is slipping into a kind of obsolescence in light of the many abandoned foreclosures available. It's hard to find volunteers to build homes for the needy when so many homeowners are losing their own and God forbid that a bank should demonstrate some charity by letting a needy family move in and maintain one of their deteriorating foreclosures in exchange for rent.

By the way, not intending to derail this topic too far, I recall reading some stories in here over the past year or two about some of the local town councils cracking down on homeowners with fines and even confiscation of personal property for not properly maintaining their homes. I'm curious as to what penalties they're imposing on the banks for lack of upkeep on their eyesore foreclosure properties.

-- Posted by westforty on Sat, Jun 20, 2009, at 8:41 AM

To dcsaiht:

If you are referring to April Dunfee and her five kids you might want to know she is divorced. Her kids do have a daddy, she just isn't married to him anymore. And this home is not simply given to her - she has to pay the bills.

-- Posted by cloverlady on Sat, Jun 20, 2009, at 10:51 AM

It's not like they don't have to pay this mortgage. The reason the house isnt as expensive as yours is because some people have hearts and volunteer. No labor costs will really cut the price of a home...

-- Posted by WTFRUthinkin on Sat, Jun 20, 2009, at 2:12 PM

I agree with dcsaiht, of all the families in our community that are on the verge of homelessness why build one five bedroom home for one family. When they could have build two or possibly three smaller houses that I'm sure needy families of four or five people would be happy to live in and share bedrooms. It seems wasteful to me to build such a large house, my children had to share bedrooms and they survivied. Just wondering how many square feet this home is?

-- Posted by tjchopper on Mon, Jun 22, 2009, at 9:12 AM

I do not agree with Desaiht and "her" comment is unwarranted, inacurrate,and rude.

-- Posted by Harmony Church on Mon, Jun 22, 2009, at 3:52 PM

this is a great family april is a very good friend, she helps people everyday, and i think she deserves this home and so do her children, all 6 of them. you guys are so rude, you dont even know whats going on, and i will tell all of you i have volenterred on this home since they started and i will be there till its done, it might be a five bedroom home, and the kids are sharing rooms, but thats not the point, she has a job, she pays the bills , she take care of all 6 kids, and i think this world would be a better place if people like you would mind your own business. and thats that.

-- Posted by BIGJON87 on Mon, Jun 22, 2009, at 11:06 PM

westforty has a good point about the market being saturated with homes already. Is there any reason that HFH doesn't remodel old homes to further cut costs over building a new home?

-- Posted by tackleberry65 on Tue, Jun 23, 2009, at 7:37 AM

Anyone who drives by this house can see that it really is not what you would imagine a five bed two bath to look like, it's actually modest in size. Habitat Homes are built by volunteers and the cost is paid by the homeowner, it's not a hand out, it's a hand up! If you don't want to volunteer, don't, you shouldn't bad mouth and complain though. This house is not free!I happen to know April and I can tell you she is a very hardworking women who knows the difference between wants and needs.She is a great mom who wants the best for her children. Married or not April and the kids deserve descent affordable housing just like anyone else!

-- Posted by Redsonia on Tue, Jun 23, 2009, at 8:41 AM

lets cry about it. dont laugh it is paid for. rude people

-- Posted by BIGJON87 on Tue, Jun 23, 2009, at 1:18 PM

Hi everone,

My name is Barbarb Hill and I work with Habitat for Humanity and have for 6 years. I have never heard such negativity about the work of our LORD in my whole 65 years of life.If you folks have any questions about Habitat or anything assoociated with Putnam County Habitat for Humanity please feel free to call me at 765-653-5360 and I will be more than Happy to answer your concerns.Until you know the whole truth about something please refrain from forming a false conclusion. THANKS and GOD BLESS you Barb

-- Posted by Barb Hill on Wed, Jul 22, 2009, at 12:16 PM

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