Habitat Gets Ready To Raise The Roof

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The ground was broken for Payson Area Habitat for Humanity's 11th house on the first day of spring and by the time the first day of summer arrives, the house in Payson Ranchos will have a roof.

"The crews are currently framing the exterior walls in preparation for putting on the roof," said Bob Berger, construction vice chairman.

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A crew of volunteers is working on House 11 for the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity just about every day. Tuesday work was being done on the roof trusses by, from left, Tom Herbolsheimer and Ken Althoff, while Vince Gernnon watched out for their safety. Also working on the project Tuesday were Ron Rehwald and Bob Berger, construction vice chairman.

On the schedule for the next two weeks: put on exterior siding; and do the exterior trim and caulking.

Saturday, June 12, the crew plans a "Blitz Day" to build the roof.

The home, which will be occupied by the Julie Hill family, will be dedicated at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 26.

The groundbreaking was March 20. There were about 50 people in attendance and Payson United Methodist Pastor Mel Munchinsky was the keynote speaker. His congregation raised a substantial amount of money -- $15,500 -- for the project, which is approximately a third of the cash needed for the construction of the home.

The Hill house is the first PAHH home to be financed with a major church congregation contribution.

To bring other congregations into future PAHH projects, the board wants to activate and staff a Church Relations Committee. PAHH President Charles Proudfoot chairs the committee and invites anyone interested in participating in the work to call him at (928) 474-2059.

"The Family Selection Committee will be hard at work (with the upcoming House 13 application process) and it needs additional members," Proudfoot said.

Another committee Proudfoot said is in need of members is the Family Partnership Committee.

"It's a vital part of PAHH, nurturing the ongoing relationships with the community of homeowners," he said.

Raising funds for PAHH work is an ongoing task. The most recent event held to bring in money was the annual 5K Home Run.

"We had approximately 200 people participate and another 50 volunteered to make it a good event," said Judy Berger, one of the PAHH board members. She said approximately $7,000 was raised this year.

The PAHH board meets the third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy Street. The meetings are open to the public.

For more information about volunteering with PAHH call the office between 9 a.m. and noon, Monday, Wednesday or Friday, (928) 474-0330.

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