Tonight we have Dinner on the Slab, a tradition among our Habitat for Humanity sponsoring coalition members. Our church is a member of the Presbyterian Coalition, Cobb Habitat for Humanity. The Coalition has eight active Presbyterian Churches in Cobb County, Georgia that raise money to sponsor one or two houses in our county each year. We not only raise the money, about $57,000, we also build the house(s) and fund several houses in Kenya each year. This year it is one in Cobb and 6 in Kenya. This year will be our 21st house for Cobb and also our 25th for Kenya.
The future homeowner, Joi, will work on the house with our volunteers and participate with friends and family to get the house built – sweat equity. The homeowner will actually sign a contract to buy the house at a greatly reduced price and then make interest free monthly payments until it is paid for. Cobb Habitat for Humanity takes care of selecting the homeowners, purchasing the land and preparing the streets and lots prior to the volunteers coming in. That includes getting either the concrete poured if it is to be built on a concrete floor, or the poured or block foundation ready if not. In the latter case, a few people, men and women from our group go out and frame and deck the floor prior to the volunteers ariving.
That much has been done – in this case the slab has been poured, cured and ready for a house. That means it is time to start putting up walls and the volunteers start pouring in. That happens Saturday.
That means today is the special celebration day – Dinner on the Slab, always on the day before the walls go up. Each year the board members, one or two from each church, prepare a feast, set up tables and chairs on the slab (or flooring if that is the case), invite the selected homeowners along with last year’s homeowners and whom ever else wishes to come. It is a covered dinner, each person brings a specialty-of-their-house dish. We all will enjoy meeting and sharing a meal with the homeowners and greeting old friends.
I’ll let you know how the dinner turns out. Tomorrow we will put up all the walls and completely frame the walls, put on the OSB and “square the house”. If you have never been to the first day on a Habitat build, I encourage you to go. A sight you will never forget. See you Saturday? We start at 8:00 AM (due to county noise restrictions) and quit at 5 PM, rain or shine.