Save the Date!
May 18th, 2014 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm
Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 18, 2014 for the dedication of our new Habitat home at 4 Gude Street in Seekonk!
Kathy Coyle and her family will be moving into a two-story, three-bedroom home built by Old Colony Habitat for Humanity on land donated by the Town of Seekonk. The town also contributed a significant donation of funds for building materials in an unprecedented partnership to provide affordable housing to citizens of Seekonk. Construction began in August of 2013 and has continued each Saturday through April 2014.
Kathy and her family members were required to contribute 250 hours of “sweat equity” (volunteer labor) on the house and will purchase it with a no-interest loan provided by Old Colony. She was joined by hundreds of volunteers from area towns under a team of Habitat construction leaders. These volunteers gave of their time each Saturday during all phases of construction of the house.
On Dedication Day, well-wishers will be able to see the home and share refreshments with members of Old Colony’s Board of Directors, volunteers, our homeowner family, town officials, and supporters of the project. The actual Dedication Ceremony will begin promptly at noon, so don’t be late – come help the Coyles settle in their new home!
Volunteers, family members, friends and local officials all gathered on Gude Street in Seekonk on Saturday to celebrate a key milestone in the construction of Kathy Coyle’s new home. In a traditional Habitat for Humanity ceremony, over 70 well-wishers wrote messages of love, congratulations and best wishes for the future on the studs of the house that is being built by Old Colony Habitat for Humanity.
Rep. Steven Howitt of Seekonk was in attendance, along with town officials who had worked with the Old Colony affiliate to make the project possible. The town of Seekonk donated the land and a total of $50,000 towards the construction of the house. Harold Messenger, the project supervisor, had volunteers standing by to install insulation and mount wallboard as soon as a section of framing had been signed.
The prospective homeowner, Kathy Coyle, has been giving her Saturdays to work alongside the volunteers during every phase of construction. She is required to contribute 250 hours of “sweat equity” as part of her commitment to the project, and in the process has learned a great deal about how to maintain the home. The excellent showing for the stud signing moved her greatly – “What a wonderful time I had.,” she said. “My friends and family enjoyed it so much! …. I was grateful and humbled. Thank you – you all made me feel special!”
Habitat partners are selected based on need, willingness to partner, and ability to pay the costs of a no-interest loan, insurance and taxes. The home is sold at a significant discount thanks to savings that can be realized on labor costs, thus placing it within reach of a family on a limited income.
Work at the Gude Street site will continue on Saturdays over the next two months, and volunteers are welcome. No special skills are necessary. To sign up and pick your specific build day to help out Click here to volunteer - we’d love to have you join us! Any questions please contact email@example.com
Despite many weather delays the siding is up and the exterior is finished for now. We are now ready for interior work and have finished the rough plumbing and its inspections. The next steps are electrical wiring followed by insulation and sheetrock. We are very excited about the progress and all the help we receive. Thank you to the Foxboro Lutheran Church of the Redeemer for your recent volunteer group’s work and sense of humor on the job! Our homeowner Kathy continues to be an incredible worker. She started with very little building skills and now handles power tools like a pro!
Volunteers continue to help Kathy Coyle realize her dream of home ownership by devoting their time to the construction of the Habitat home on Gude Street in Seekonk. As the month of December heralded the holiday season, the septic tank was installed, interior framing was largely completed, and rough plumbing connections were completed. “Christmas is all about family,” says Kathy, “and this home is the greatest gift my family could hope to receive.”
On December 7th, Ron Tremper and Harold Messenger directed a crew of five “regulars” – volunteers who’ve come to many of the build days on this project and its predecessor in Norton. Carl Adler, a Staples display designer during the week, is on his second project and frequently acts a a site supervisor. He and Kevin Kreiser, a sales representative for Unilever Corp., were installing siding on the south side of the house. “This is my first project with Habitat,” said Kevin, “and I’ll be back!”
Roy Wolfe of Franklin, MA helped Kathy and Al Alfonso of Wrentham to spread extra gravel around the foundation and front steps. This is their first Habitat project as well, but they have been working steadily since August. They are both fans of “This Old House” and are enjoying the experience of building one from the ground up. Both saw e-mails and press coverage of the need for volunteers and signed up via the Old Colony website (www.oldcolonyhabitat.org).
“It’s a lot of fun, and I get to work with some great people on the site,” says Al. The volunteers bring a wide range of experience to the job, from those with contractors’ licenses to those who are using power tools for the first time.
In the coming weeks, Adrian Ferrara will complete the siding and soffit while Young’s Paving Co. will fill holes in the street and put in a driveway. Rough electrical installations are scheduled for the week before Christmas, after which it’s hoped that the rough inspection can be completed. The crew plans to take two weeks off for the holidays and return to work the first weekend in January.