PLYMOUTH – While many were tailgating on a crisp fall afternoon some local residents were helping a family build a place to stay out of the cold.
“You always feel better after spending a day working on the house,” said Bruce Emerich, President of the Marshall County Habitat for Humanity who is working on his sixth home in his time with the group. “You meet a lot of good people and make a lot of good friends.”
Marshall County’s Habitat for Humanity continued the process of making an empty lot into a home for a local family Saturday. The group’s 12th home is taking shape as volunteers are helping single father of three Shannon King build a house for his family.
“Lowe’s employee volunteer day was last week,” said Dean Byers of Habitat for Humanity. “They had a sizable group of volunteers out here and they were able to get the walls up and the house wrap.”
The home is being built with the help of a grant from the Lowe’s Foundation. It will be a three bedroom home with King taking over the mortgage once the home is built. King – who works at Valmont in Plymouth during the week – is happy about taking his Saturday’s to help build the house that will be home to him and his three children – Addy 4, Kylie 6, and Austin 7.
“I was very excited and honored when the Habitat Board told me that they wanted to build a house for us this year,” he said. “This is such a wonderful helping hand from them. I’m learning how to build a house now too I guess.”
Habitat for Humanity builds homes for those who might not ever be able to own their own home any other way. The recipient must help in the construction and then takes over the mortgage once the home is built. All the labor is volunteer and many of the materials are donated. On this Saturday, even the lunch for the volunteers was provided by Ponderosa in Plymouth.
Habitat is always welcome to new volunteers and currently is also interested in speaking to anyone who might be interested in being a member of the Board for the group.
Habitat hopes to be finished in the spring with the home for King and his family.