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NEW HOLLAND, Pa. — Garden Spot Village and Weaverland Mennonite Church seek volunteers to help build a house for an Alabama family left homeless after their home was hit by two tornadoes in April 2011.
“One tornado hit early in the morning and did some damage. The second one hit later that afternoon, and the homeowner said that everything was gone in 30 seconds,” said Tim High, a member of Weaverland Mennonite Church and project manager for the home-raising.
High and the first team of volunteers from New Holland left Sunday, August 12 for Cordova, Ala., outside Birmingham, where they will spend a week on site excavating, pouring footers and laying block foundation walls. Beginning September 23, six more volunteer teams will follow in week-long shifts to do framing, electrical, plumbing, insulation, drywall, painting, trim, flooring and cabinetry. The four-bedroom home is scheduled to be dedicated in early November.
“Because the house is out in the country, we’re going to put in a safe room so the family has a safe place to go if anything like a tornado would happen again,” High said.
High said that the homeowner had done a lot of remodeling on the original house and will work alongside the volunteers on the family’s new home.
Volunteers are welcome to join the construction teams. Those who can’t travel to the Alabama site but still want to help out are invited to help build wall panels at Garden Spot Village on September 22. The finished panels will travel by truck to Alabama along with a fresh crew of volunteers.
“We have a good number of people signed up, but we could always use more,” High says.
Larry Knepper is project coordinator at Garden Spot Village, and Charlie Till is keeping track of volunteers for “Build Day” at Garden Spot Village.
Volunteers are building the home for the Partnership Home Program (PHP), a program of the Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS). The program’s goal is to “bring as many families home as possible, in the shortest amount of time.” To that end, it coordinates volunteers who can build homes for families that lack the resources to do it themselves.
Garden Spot Village and Weaverland Mennonite Church are co-sponsoring the project. As such, they provide materials, labor and funds needed to build. Garden Spot Village co-sponsored its first PHP project in 2010 with Petra Christian Fellowship—a home in New Iberia, La.
To volunteer for a construction team, contact Tim High at (717) 738-4736. To volunteer for “Build Day” at Garden Spot Village on September 22, contact Charlie Till at (717) 355-6337 or email@example.com.
To follow the project, “like” Garden Spot Village on Facebook.