Volunteers still needed for Habitat projects

Herald/JOHN A. BOWERSMITH - Bill Generali hands Amanda Ready a piece of roofing fascia Saturday at a Habitat for Humanity house.

By Kevin M. Smith

Killeen Daily Herald

Without volunteers, Nate and Sharon Gregory won't have a house.

The couple have spent the past couple of months working with Habitat for Humanity to build a house for themselves and their two children.

"It's harder than I thought," Sharon said.

But she said it will be worth it when the three-bedroom, one-bathroom house is complete.

"It's so neat to watch it go up," Sharon said.

Sharon said she is looking forward to the stability the house will offer. She said it also means a permanent place to call home.

"My money will be going for something I own, instead of something I'm borrowing," Sharon said.

The Gregorys have three children. One is an adult who is married. The other two children, 12 and 17 years old, will be moving into the new house.

She added that this house, at 602 Patton Drive in Killeen, is in a safer neighborhood than past neighborhoods she has lived in.

The Gregorys have spent about nine Saturdays the past couple of months building the house. Weather has caused delays, and there will be more delays without help, volunteers said.

On Saturday morning, there were just a handful of people on hand to build the house: Sharon, Nate, their friend Lorraine Hangartner, project supervisor Bill Generali and volunteer Harold Butchard. A few more showed up for the afternoon.

"It's volunteer-dependent," Generali said.

The house has its walls, interior studs and roof, but it still needs shingles, interior walls, siding and more.

The walls went up quickly with Build Blocks, which are Styrofoam blocks with steel in the middle, according to Butchard.

"It makes for very quick construction," Butchard said.

Hangartner volunteered to help build the house Saturday. It was her second time doing so.

"They have some really fancy ways of building houses now," Hangartner said.

Generali emphasized that the house will not get done without more people like Hangartner and Butchard.

"You can't build a house without volunteers," Generali said.

To help build, contact Habitat for Humanity at habitat@clearwire.net or (254) 680-4007.

Other projects Habitat for Humanity volunteers worked on Saturday included a house at 1907 Fleetwood Drive in Killeen. Students from Killeen High School helped with the construction of the ReStore warehouse at 2601 Atkinson Ave. in Killeen. The ReStore is a thrift shop with proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity.

An upcoming project will be at 706 S. 24th St. in Temple. The groundbreaking ceremony will be at 9 a.m. Feb. 2 with work on the home starting immediately after the ceremony.

For more information about Habitat for Humanity, visit www.geocities.com/fhahfh.

Contact Kevin M. Smith at ksmith@kdhnews.com or call (254) 501-7550

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