A few weeks ago I reported here that our local Habitat For Humanity Homeowner, Joi had her storage bin broken into and all her household belongings cleaned out – stolen. Hers was one of 18 units broken into over that weekend. She had worked on her home with us not knowing that her belongings were already stolen.
Now there is some good news. The following is an email I received from Pat Shankle, owner of Georgia Home Staging this morning. A link to Pat’s web site is in the blogroll to the right.
Good morning everyone.
I’m so excited! A member of our church has donated ALL BRAND NEW furniture for Joi’s house. We have a brand new complete living room set, dining room set, Master Bedroom, Guest Bedroom and home office set up. Other donated items we have rec’d are: dishes, flatware, knives, washer, dryer, misc accessory items.
Mostly what we need now is money so that I can purchase towels, sheets and other misc staple items.
In addition to that, I know that there have been some monetary donations totaling enough to finish out the home.
A very dark hour has been turned into a bright new day, a blessing, a dream come true. Thanks be to God. Pat had volunteered to “stage” the house even before the robbery, then she took up the flag and began a march to find replacement furniture – not just any old thing someone wanted to get rid of. Pat wanted to look at it and make sure it would fit in with the other donated things and would be enjoyed by Joi and her family. Thank you Pat. And thanks to all of our Macland Presbyterian Church members that have worked so hard to help Pat and Joi out. And thank you, whoever in our church that donated the furniture. What a blessing you have bestowed. My “helping others” admonition in a recent post is hereby retrieved. We do help others in this neck of the woods!
The house has been completely roofed and dried in last time I was there. This Saturday is the beginning of “blitz week” for our builders, all volunteers from the 10 churches that make up our Presbyterian Coalition. We have had a week of rest while contractors come in to do those things that either require licensing, (such as plumbing, electrical, heating and air) or specialized gifts such as installing drywall and kitchen and bath cabinets and flooring.
Habitat is blessed with sponsors that will give up much or all of their profit to help in this great mission. For example, Whirlpool gives the stove, dishwasher and refrigerator free for every Habitat house built in the country. A wonderful gift that they have been doing for as many years as I can remember.
We are blessed with a drywall supplier that installs the drywall at no cost other than the discounted cost of the drywall itself. The architectural drawings and landscaping plans are often donated and a landscaper shows up at no charge to help with the planting.
This coming Saturday, June 9th we will be doing siding installation (hardi-plank), interior door installation and painting, interior and exterior. As soon as a wall is finished with siding, the joints are caulked and the paint starts going on. Everything, inside and out gets two coats.
Then we go all week, June 11 through June 16, every day until the house is finished. It is more of the same – siding, interior doors – painting and trim work. The last day, June 16 is reserved for landscaping. Planting shrubs, trees, flowers and putting down sod. Typically the sod is bermuda grass in big rolls, sometimes pads. When all this is done, it will be a real house. When the dedication is done, and Joi moves in, it becomes a home.
If you are in this neck of the woods, come on out! Directions are on the Presbyterian Coalition Habitat link in the blogroll.