Saturday, April 25, 2009

Building Houses for Habitat for Humanity, South Bethlehem

Today I took part in a Habitat for Humanity build in South Bethlehem. Habitat for Humanity of the Lehigh Valley is building 40 homes in Bethlehem. Twelve homes were at the location where we were working. We built a silt wall, assisted with building a deck, and put up plywood on a frame.

It was a productive and satisfying day. Habitat for Humanity homeowners must qualify with a good credit score and financial ability to make the mortgage payments. In addition, they must put in 250 hours of "sweat equity" working on their home. A family was on site working on their home as we were there. Even the children were participating building their new home!

Habitat for Humanity relies on volunteer hours and donations from the local community. They can accommodate groups, and also individuals can volunteer. Please check the Habitat for Humanity of the Lehigh Valley website for information on the local programs and how you can get involved if you are interested. Helping with a build is a very satisfying way to assist a struggling family benefit from home ownership. You can be assured that they will cherish their home because they helped build it!

Two of the houses on the site. We toured one of the houses. It was a modest and beautiful home; I can imagine a family will be very happy living there. The houses are near the top of South Mountain, with a scenic view overlooking Bethlehem.

The silt wall we built

More houses in various phases of construction

The street view

Putting up the wall

More homes

2 Comments:

At 2:21 PM, Blogger Racn4acure said...

I've done this before and it was great. Good for you, Anne! Art

 
At 9:02 PM, Blogger Anne said...

Thanks Art! It was a lot of fun, and I enjoyed learning about the organization!

 

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