Walls up at Habitat House in Norwalk

Published in the Norwalk Reflector
By Joe Centers

“Fabulous.”  That one word sums up the feeling Saturday morning at the wall-raising ceremony for the new Firelands Habitat for Humanity house on 2 Fuller Drive in Norwalk.

house-blessing-and-wall-raising-may-10-2“Everything really went smoothly,” said Steve Schumm of Catholic Charities, which is helping out on the project.

 “Probably 50 to 60, counting the workers, were there for the ceremony.  That was good.

“It worked out well with the weather.”

Work on the house is scheduled every Wednesday and Friday and everybody is invited to help.

“They will find something that you can do,” Schumm said.  “The first couple of days takes a lot of skill.  But there are things for everybody to do.  If they want to help they can get a hold of us at Catholic Charities or call Mike McCall at Habitat.

McCall, executive director of the Firelands Habitat for Humanity, talked about the start of this newest house.

norwalk-reflector-wall-raising-may-10-2 “We try to get all of the churches involved and the different organizations in town,” he said.  “We rely strictly on volunteer help.  Everybody is welcome to pick up a hammer.  You do not have to be a trained carpenter – we accept everybody and find them something to do.  And we train people.  They walk away knowing something they haven’t known before.”

 Trena Garrison, an employee at Fisher-Titus Medical Center, will get the new Habitat home.

 New home owners must put in “sweat equity” before moving in.

“All of our partner families must earn between 400 and 500 hours,” McCall said.  “Trena Garrison is already over 450 hours and by the time the house is done she will be over 500 hours.  Some of those hours can be donated to her by her family and friends.  Fisher-Titus is going to have a day in June.”

Saturday’s wall-raising ceremony was done in conjunction with National Women Build Day, sponsored by Lowe’s.

McCall said Firelands Habitat for Humanity is scheduled to do three houses this year.

“This is the 88th house and we just broke ground for the 89th house in Willard,” he said.

The new home owner in Willard will be Eva Matter, who works at Berry Plastics in Monroeville.

Schumm said he will be back at the Fuller Drive location Wednesday serving lunch for Catholic Charities and Saturday for the Rotary Club.


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