By Portia Williams
FLATWOODS, Ky. — Volunteer work crews at the Greenup County Habitat For Humanity (GCHFH) construction site located at 929 Vallance Street in Flatwoods, Ky., endeavors to move one family closer to the reality of home ownership.
Mike Garlinger, construction coordinator for GCHFH, said work crews have been working diligently at the site for the last six weeks.
“We had our groundbreaking in April, but right now we’ve been about six weeks of construction where we had a volunteer crew do our footer and foundation for us, and then another crew to lay the foundation block, and then three weeks ago, Bridges, Raceland and Greenup Christian Church installed our subfloor. Last weekend Flatwoods Baptist and Russell Baptist Churches erected all of the walls,” Garlinger said.
He said they are pleased to have Jim Crites, of Jim Crites Builders in Ashland, Ky. on site to help out.
“Now we have a contractor on site, Jim Crites Builders they are donating their time to install our roof. We also have some Habitat volunteers, mostly family members that want to start to put the roofing on. By the end of next week will be under roof, and ready to start closing it in,” he said.
According to Garlinger, the projected time for completion of the home will be around the Thanksgiving holiday.
“I have a rough date, we are saying before Thanksgiving. We are not tying anything down, so by then we should be able to hand the key over to the new homeowners. We have selected a family, Jason and Brittaney Worthington. They have a boy and a girl, and have put a lot of time in already. Infact, Brittaney’s dad is here and is going to help with the roofing that is going to go up, so they’re going to get their sweat equity in very easily,” he said.
Crites, owner of Jim Crites Builders, in Ashland, Ky. said he is glad to have his staff involved with the GCHFH project.
“We enjoy helping other people. This is a good opportunity to come out and do something for someone other than ourselves, and to help the community,” Crites said. He said it is the first time that his business has helped with a Habitat For Humanity project.
Garlinger said their next project is forthcoming.
“We’ve got another house that is going to be donated to us later this year by Wells Fargo out of Wurtland, Ky. We are working on the paper work now. They have a house that they foreclosed on and they’re going to donate it to us. So, maybe by the end of this year we should be able to have another home for a family,” he said.
For more information about GCHFH call 606-836-0421. Contributions can be mailed to GCHFH, P. O. Box 905, Greenup, Ky. 41144, or made through PayPal at www.greenupcountyhabitat.org.
Portia Williams can be reached at 740-370-0712 or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.