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Painting the house that volunteers built

COMM - HABITAT HUMANITY UPDATE

by: Kate Wennerstrom/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - The paint chosen for the local Habitat for Humanity house is 100 percent recycled latex paint. While wanting to purchase products locally, coordinators chose this paint from MetroPaint of Portland because it is environmentally friendly and affordable at $20 to $44 per 5-gallon pail.

After more than a year since beginning construction, the local Habitat for Humanity house is ready for the finishing touches.
   "It's slow going because we're volunteers and everybody tries to do what they can on the weekends," Tim Dobson said, Crook County Habitat building coordinator. "It's just tough, but we're getting there. We've come a long way."
   Despite initial delays, the project has maintained a steady pace in the past six months with the generosity of volunteers. In addition, the building process has been assisted by the support of local businesses, a Ford Family Foundation grant and resourceful use of current Habitat mortgages.
   "Habitat built two homes several years ago and those families are buying those homes. Their mortgage money goes back into the building fund. You have to perpetuate funds somehow to keep going," Crook County Habitat Chapter President Elva Madden said. "We had a $25,000 Ford Family Foundation grant that also went into the house and some of the ReStore profits go into it. There have also been many other business and individual donations. Everyone has just really pulled together to try to build this house for this young family."
   Now that the bones of the house are up, the details of the home are ready to be added.
   "The interior has been Sheetrocked and textured. Last weekend we had a crew of volunteers to paint the interior the colors the family wanted," Dobson said. "We've got to get the flooring down and then we'll get the cabinets in. This weekend we're also going to get the interior paint touched up."
   In addition to the finishing touches on the interior, the volunteers of the Habitat house are hoping to recruit more helpers for a painting party concentrating on the exterior of the home over the week of spring break.
   "Gerald Hill said he would take care of the exterior painting while I'm gone that week," Dobson continued. "He's trying to recruit some high school kids that were out for spring break and didn't have anything better to do."
   While products and time have been offered freely to complete the home, other donations have come in specifically for the volunteers.
   "Last weekend, for the interior painting, we probably had 12 to 15 volunteers painting," Dobson said. "Ericksons Thriftway donated some doughnuts for us. Starbucks donated coffee. McDonald's donated hamburgers. Pizza Hut donated pizza and Grocery Outlet donated water. It was great."
   In a relatively small town such as Prineville, the need for this home is felt throughout the community and the helping hands have not been deterred from the task.
   "There are a lot of people involved," Dobson added. "There are just a lot of people involved that aren't necessarily on the site, but they're still volunteering their time to get supplies and find people and what not."
   With many people available to help, the local Habitat coordinators are hoping to make this house the first of many homes built in the community.
   "When this one is completed, we agreed to build a house a year," Madden said. "That's the goal. If that is easy to reach and there's need, then we'll try for more. But it depends on how much support and how many volunteers we have."
   Volunteer your time
   If you would like to help on this Habitat for Humanity house, or for more information, call the Crook County Habitat office located at the ReStore at 447-8049 on Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays.