Last updated: June 01. 2013 10:42AM - 135 Views
Erik Spencer Hill
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Stokes County Habitat for Humanity started work on its latest house just outside of King at the beginning of November.

Area builders and volunteers have banded together to complete the project in Pinnacle. Currently, there are about 25 volunteers doing everything from helping in the actual construction of the house to ferrying materials from one end of the site to the other.

Executive Director Ron Davis said that a Habitat home is not a “giveaway.”

“Habitat houses are designed to help deserving families acquire a nice house,” he said.

Davis said families must meet some income guidelines to qualify. In return, Habitat volunteers agree to build and sell them a house at cost, with the interest level fixed at zero percent.

This is more of a hand up, rather than a handout, Davis said. Everyone wants a little piece of the American Dream.

In this case, a single mother and her children will be moving into the three-bedroom house near the end of the year or the early part of next year.

In addition to the work of volunteers, those who will eventually move into the house agree to put in a number of hours of “sweat equity” to help build the house.

Chairman D.K. Smith said that individuals have to put in hours of hard work to get their house built. “The idea that this is charity is just not true,” he said.

Smith said that Habitat houses are truly a “collaborative effort” between volunteers, businesses and the community.

Local businesses that have helped in the construction of the house include: Marshall Brothers Construction, Jerry Wilkins Electric, Clayton Plumbing, Pilot Air, Creative Kitchen Design, Web-Don, King Port-A-Let, Grimes Construction, Inside/Out Remodeling, Finishing Touch Drywall, Insulation By Branchelin, Joe Grubbs Roofing, The Home Depot and POD.

Lou Charland, the volunteer coordinator for the project, said that volunteers are crucial. “Simply put, the work wouldn’t get done without them.”

Charland said that a lot of people are unsure that they have the skills to contribute to construction and decide not to volunteer. But, Charland said that Habitat can utilize any skill set. Some volunteers help in more advanced tasks like the framing of the house, while others simply help to bring supplies to workers.

“We have something for every skill level,” he said.

Those interested in helping with this Habitat house should call Stokes County Habitat for Humanity at 985-3211.

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