Habitat helpers accelerate home construction

August 20, 2013

in Local

By Randy Kirby
Managing editor

The Sedalia Area Habitat for Humanity is getting a boost for two weeks from several retirees from Texas.

“This is the first house that we’ve had the Family Motor Coach Association come and build, there’s about 10 of them,” said Tom Beatty, cochair of Habitat, a position he has held for nearly seven years.

The 11 men and women were hard at work by 8 a.m. Monday morning at Emmet and Walnut in northeast Sedalia, where the foundation has been laid and ready for framing.

“We’ve been told that we will be amazed at the progress they make in two weeks, and I can see it (already),” Beatty noted. “They’re a great group of Christian men and women, we appreciate it so much.”

With one material drop, the group got to work, and the FMCA promised that by noon Tuesday (Aug. 20), they would be ready for another round of materials.

“We usually just work on Saturday, Beatty explained of Habitat’s volunteer labor. “So by staying here two weeks, they will give us almost three months head start” on the project. That will allow the entire three-bedroom house to be finished before cold weather sets in.

“We are in the process of picking a family,” he said, adding that once a family is selected, they will also come and help out with “sweat equity.” Habitat’s Selection Committee is currently working on that aspect and will announce a qualified family in the next couple of weeks.

The property at 314 East Walnut was sold to Habitat by Sedalia School District 200, and is the former playground area of Jefferson Elementary School, Beatty explained.

The well-insulated house have energy-efficient, maintenance-free windows, vinyl siding and architectural shingles. “We try to build them economically, but they’re not a cheap house, they’re a good house.

The work crew from FMCA were treated to a dinner on Aug. 19 at Best Western. Members of  the Family Motor Coach Association involved in the project include: Corbett and Connie Pool, Dave and Marilyn Davies, Tom Garcia, Pete Hayes, Jim and Vicki Getgood, and Mark and Donna Crick (not pictured). Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.


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