The beginning stages of construction for the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity's newest project, called Longhorn Village, are nearly under way.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the first stage of the project, which includes the construction of four of the 14 townhomes planned, will take place on Saturday, July 14 at 9 a.m. on the project site at Longhorn and McLane roads.
The four families who have qualified for the townhomes have been selected and will be present at the ceremony, said PAHH executive director Cristine Royer.
The first steps of construction are set to begin next week.
Grading of the two-acre lot will be the first task for volunteers and workers.
Royer said the installation of utilities, repair of drain-off areas and creation of curbing along the roads will follow the grading work. These first steps will take place during the summer months, with the hope that construction on the townhomes can begin by Sept. 30.
January 2008 is the tentative move-in date for the first four families, Royer said.
Although PAHH has received some grants to allow for the first stages of construction to begin, Royer said, volunteers are still needed.
"We need quite a few volunteers," she said. "Or people or groups can adopt a home and help us with materials."
Royer said a monetary donation of $100, for example, will purchase two ceiling fans for the home. A $400 donation will purchase a sliding glass door.
Besides monetary donations, PAHH also needs people with experience in construction fields to lend a hand.
A large group volunteering together is another way to make a difference and build friendships at the same time, Royer said.
"We would love it if people belonged to a group or a certain faith and they wanted to do something together," she said.
Other fund-raising projects can be done to raise money for Habitat families.
Susan Garrett is selling homemade pico de gallo salsa and enchiladas to raise money for the down payment of one of the homes for a friend.
"She's one of my good friends," Garrett said to explain why she is helping sell the food. "They need a better home."
The salsa is $4 a pint or $8 a quart and the cheese enchiladas cost $10 for a dozen. Call Garrett at (928) 474-6085 to place an order.
Families who qualify for the homes are required to make a down payment, as well as commit 300 to 500 hours of "sweat equity," working on the construction of their home.
For more information about the projects or to volunteer, contact the PAHH at (928) 474-0330.