Churches lend resources to Habitat ‘house raisings’
July 8, 2010
Construction is moving on Grand County’s newest Habitat for Humanity house with various church groups contributing fundraising and volunteer labor to the project.
The 2010 Habitat project is being built in Hot Sulphur Springs for future homeowners Shane and Raina Bailey and their two sons Sam and Ben. Each adult family member is required to give 200 hours of “sweat equity” to build an interest-free Habitat home, and local contractors and volunteers are helping to build the house in one season.
“The goal this year is to have the Baileys in their new home by Thanksgiving, or sooner if possible,” said Habitat Volunteer Coordinator Marcia Walker.
Habitat leaders have reported that church groups especially have been accelerating progress on the home.
This spring, the Church of Eternal Hills in Tabernash donated 50 percent of proceeds in the amount of $3,987 to the project from the church’s annual garage sale.
And recently, five churches in Grand County held a “Sign-A-Stud” campaign. Each church provided a 2 x 4, on which congregation members were invited to sign. The studs – full of signatures – raised $700 in proceeds from the campaign before being donated to the Bailey family.
According to Walker, this is a competitive campaign the Episcopalians and Presbyterians have launched for the past three Habitat houses, and the churches are now tied this year for the most signatures and donations.
To give others in Grand County a chance to join the project, that pair of churches recruited three additional churches this year.
A group of 25 people from East Jordan United Methodist Church in Sterling, Ill., arrived last week to help. Jonathan Koch, the leader of the group, has taken a group to different Habitat sites around the U.S. for the past 20 years. The church members brought along their own designated cooks who supplied all the meals each day.
St. John’s Episcopal Church in Granby housed the group for the week, and since the church had no showers, group members showered at East Grand Middle School each day.
By the time the group left on Thursday, July 1, the floor of the Habitat home was installed with exterior walls up and covered, plus all the interior walls were finished, according to Walker.