Habitat for Humanity plans to ceremonially begin the construction of its 35th home in Door County with a groundbreaking celebration set for 4:30 p.m. Thursday at 725 E. Galley Place in Sturgeon Bay. The family, community leaders, Habitat staff and volunteers will all gather to kick off Door County Habitat for Humanity's first project for the 2013 construction season.
The ceremony will include an introduction of the next Habitat family, words of encouragement from Habitat officials and supporters, along with the traditional blessing of the project by local spiritual leaders.
After a long winter and a month of weather delays, construction was finally started on the new home on the last day of April. Volunteers, who have been anxiously waiting for building to start, are happy to again be working, said Rick Nelson, executive director of Door County Habitat for Humanity. He was thrilled that a busy construction season had finally started.
"We have an ambitious construction program lined up for 2013," Nelson said. "A second new home will start in June or July, while 8-10 critical repair and painting projects will be the focus of our A Brush With Kindness Program. A delay of nearly four weeks will limit our ability to accomplish everything that we have planned. We are glad that we finally had a few days of good weather."
The first day of work for Habitat's volunteers on the newest home was May 1, while completion of the three-bedroom home is expected by the end of September. Bob Jaeschke, the project supervisor, anticipates that it will take 34 working days to finish the home.
"Our volunteers are committed to making this new home a reality for a deserving family," Jaeschke said. "We are always so grateful for the smiles on the faces of the new home owners."
Anyone interested in volunteering on this or any other of Habitat's construction projects is encouraged to the Habitat office at (920) 743-2869.