One step closer to habitation

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 18, 2005

DEMOPOLIS – Demopolis’ Habitat for Humanity house is another step closer to becoming a home as volunteers spent Saturday afternoon constructing the roof.

“I’m excited,” Lavon Blount, potential homeowner, said. “They’ve only been working for two days and they’ve done a great job.”

She said no one expected to have progressed the way they did, but the volunteers are so dedicated she the home should be ready by Christmas.

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“They act like they’re getting paid,” Blount said. “They are there on time Saturday morning and there until the end Saturday afternoon.”

Lindsey Gardner, Habitat organizer, said the project is certainly on schedule and the next step is to complete the overhang of the roof to extend over the porch and take the necessary steps weatherproof the home.

“We will probably add the doors and windows pretty soon so that if it rains, it won’t hit the exposed wood,” Gardner said.

Gardner also said she was extremely pleased with Saturday’s volunteers.

“They were up on the rook all day in the sun working hard on the trusses and decking,” Gardner said. “And everyone was cautious of safety.”

Although she couldn’t imagine how the home would be divided, Blount said she is definitely satisfied with her home and the size of the rooms.

“It’s a lot more than I expected,” she said. “But I’m not going to complain.”

Blount said she is ready to move in and so are her three children.

“They’ve seen the house and looked around the inside,” she said. “My two girls are already fighting over who gets which room.”

But According to Gardener the family has at least 12 more weeks, considering weather, before they can move in.

“We are still looking for volunteers and donations,” she said. “And we may have more work days during the week once we get closer to the holidays.”

For more information about Habitat for Humanity please call Gardner at 289-1595 or Lavon Blount at 289-8733 during the day or 289-5686 at night.