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Habitat for Humanity begins construction

Oct 06, 2017
Source: PHOTO COURTESY OF LAURA COHEN Fairfield High School students enrolled in a construction technology class help build a Habitat for Humanity home in Fairfield. Greater Fairfield Area Habitat for Humanity has begun construction on a home at 505 W. Madison Ave.

Greater Fairfied Area Habitat for Humanity has begun construction on its newest home in the Fairfield area.

The home is at 505 W. Madison Ave. The foundation was poured during the summer.

Once again, the Fairfield High School construction technology class is partnering with Fairfield Habitat to build a brand-new home for a deserving family in Jefferson County. Volunteers and high school students began construction on the home in September.

To qualify for a home, Habitat partner families must put in hundreds of hours of “sweat equity,” must have a housing need, and must be able to repay a no-interest mortgage.

Habitat construction manager Kathy Brown remarked, “We are so excited to get going on another year of working with these high-schoolers. It’s great to help them develop skills that will serve them for a lifetime.”

Fairfield Habitat has an immediate need for volunteer site supervisors willing to work a 2-hour weekday afternoon shift with the FHS construction technology class. Ideally, the volunteer site supervisor would commit to one afternoon each week, but Brown said, “It would also be helpful to have Volunteers who could just fill in every once in a while.”

Construction experience is necessary, and Brown will orient these volunteers to the worksite, introduce them to the high-schoolers and their teacher, and bring them up to speed on Habitat procedures.

“It is a completely rewarding experience,” Brown said.

Those who are interested should email info@fairfieldhabitat.org, call 641-209-9450, or stop by the Fairfield Habitat ReStore.

The Greater Fairfied Area Habitat for Humanity is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit Christian housing organization. Habitat for Humanity partners with people in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. Fairfield Habitat has been building in Fairfield since 1995, having built 12 new homes and renovated numerous others.


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