Habitat build will continue Friday

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 3, 2009

Andalusia’s Habitat for Humanity house “building blitz” will continue Friday as volunteers rush to complete more work on the Marshall family’s new home.

Volunteers began constructing the house on Fri., Nov. 20, and Sat., Nov. 21, before skipping a weekend for Thanksgiving. Work will continue this Friday and Saturday, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., at the build site across from Northside Baptist Church on Bagley Street.

Dale “Flip” Pancake, president of Habitat for Humanity of Covington County, said there is much work that remains to be done on the house this weekend.

“On Friday, we plan to start putting up the siding on the entire outside of the house,” he said. “Also, there is some work we need to do on the interior of the ceilings, in order to be ready for the sheet rock crew that’s coming in next week. Saturday, we’ll hopefully be putting in the insulation, and doing some landscaping and sod work outside.”

The four-bedroom, two-bathroom house is being built for the Marshall family, which contains a mother and her daughter, and the daughter’s children — a 16-year-old boy and two 9-year-old twins, one boy and one girl.

Habitat for Humanity is a Christian building ministry in which volunteers help construct a home for a “partner family,” who then pays a no-interest low mortgage to live there. Partner families are also asked to contribute “sweat equity” by participating in other construction projects.

Pancake said volunteers can park and register for the build at nearby Mock Street. Lunch, snacks and water will be provided throughout the day.

From the bypass, volunteers can drive to the build by turning onto Stewart Street, across from Andalusia Ford. From Stewart Street, turn left onto Woodruff Street and follow it to Bagley and Mock streets. Or, from River Falls Street, turn onto Stewart Street and then right onto Woodruff Street.