The construction of our latest Flower City Habitat for Humanity house began on 91 Orchard Street in the City of Rochester’s JOSANA Neighborhood on September 6. St. Thomas’ is one of nine churches of the Brighton Coalition of Churches that are building this new home. Volunteers are needed to build from fall through March or April 2012. Learn new and useful skills while helping a family!
Days: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays are available. Two weeks notice is requested, though weekdays we’re a little more flexible. If a weekday becomes available, short notice can be just fine. You can contact the Brighton Volunteer Coordinator, Pat Callahan, directly at email@example.com or call Lisa Hand at 354-4589. 16 & 17 year olds can build too; just ask for the permission form. When you volunteer, you’ll receive a confirming call or email from Pat Callahan with a map and information of times and what to wear, etc. Lisa Hand will be glad to answer any questions you have also.
The Latest: The house is a single story, 4 bedroom, 1.5 bath home. It will have a full front porch and a concrete driveway.
Progress: Foundation is done. Roof underlayment is on. Framing on inside is complete. Plumbing is almost done. The heating system is currently being installed.
The Homeowners: The house will be owned by a Somali couple. Nine people will live in the house. The couple has been working on the house. They were most recently working hard at priming the exterior siding which is made out of recycled materials. They will get to select the particular paint color of their home, which is a welcome departure from the typical colored vinyl siding of recent past. Homeowners put in several hundred hours of volunteer time. That includes homeownership classes and time spent in physical work building their own home and perhaps others’.
Cost: The house will cost about $70,000 to build, and in the past three years St. Thomas’ has contributed close to $15,000 toward this home. The Coalition is asked to contribute $65,000. $18,000 is still needed from all nine churches of the Brighton Coalition by March 2012. If anyone has contributed in the past three years directly to Flower City Habitat for Humanity, please let Lisa Hand know, so that your contribution can be put toward our house for the Somali family who are looking forward to living at 91 Orchard Street. To contribute now, please write a check payable to St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church noting it’s for our Flower City Habitat house. And thank you for your time, talent and hope that will help carry this family into a safe, stable home.
For more information on volunteering click here.
Fri, October 28, 2011
by Kathleen Merritt filed under