Framing a future: Habitat for Humanity gets walls up on new build

Weyerhaeuser volunteers continue work on Shawnee Drive home.

BUCKHANNON — This story is a follow-up regarding the Buckhannon River Habitat for Humanity (BRHFH) construction that is ongoing for a new home on Shawnee Drive. On Saturday, October 19, members and volunteers from BRHFH and volunteers from Weyerhaeuser continued to work on the home placing framing for the walls. With framing, the partner family is now one step closer to their future.

Volunteers started working on the project again at around 9 a.m. Saturday morning. While it was a chilly start to their day by noon it had warmed up and those working on the job site had built up an appetite. Sam’s Pizza donated lunch to the volunteers and they were overjoyed with the generosity.

When the pizzas arrived, the group settled together taking part in prayer before enjoying their meal. The group then sat amongst each other while eating and shared stories of the current project as well as previous ones.

BRHFH board member John Mathias shared that Mountain State Pest Guard had recently provided the termite protection and that Lowe’s continues to be a great help in offering discounted materials. Southern States was also reported to have donated the labor and ductwork, while Habitat for Humanity is supplying the heat pump. Mathias noted much appreciation for this and noted that the donations received have been Energy Star quality products.

Weyerhaeuser has also been a great help with Lori Martin, Bill Marks, Bob Parker and Brenton Hoover on site Saturday. Lance Miller, plant manager for Weyerhaeuser has also been integral to the project but was absent on Saturday.

Other volunteers of BRHFH were also present including Kim Walls and Jane White who provided drinks and desserts to the whole group.

The work on the home is being undertaken by members of BRHFH, volunteers and the participation by the partner family. The partner family’s participation is called “sweat equity”. In order to be eligible for a Habitat home, partner families must meet strict criteria including income requirements, demonstrate need, be able to afford monthly mortgage payments, have an acceptable credit ratio and contribute sweat equity as noted above. Sweat equity is considered work toward the construction of the home and being able to maintain the home.

BRHFH continues to be grateful for all those who have or are currently assisting with their mission. BRHFH is welcoming additional volunteers and donations of time or materials. Lunch donations are also welcomed. If you are interested in learning more about volunteering, donating, becoming a partner family or have any questions about BRHFH call (304) 470-2922 or email [email protected]

Continue to follow The Record Delta as we follow the home’s progress!

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