by Mickey Smith
After four years of hard work, the Lamoille County Habitat for Humanity is closing in on seeing the fruit of those initial labors.
Habitat has acquired two tracts of land, one in Morristown and one in Wolcott. They have chosen the Morristown property, off Tamarack Road, to be the location of their first house build.
Cherisse Desroshiers, president of the local chapter of the international group, said they have selected a family (a couple with three children) but haven’t officially released their names because the final paperwork has not been signed making the project official. She expects that step to occur soon, so they are moving forward with the project by preparing the land for construction.
A recent volunteer day cleared the building site as a precursor to excavation. Ideally, Desrochiers said, the shell will be up this fall and they will be able to work on the interior of the building through the winter.
But to get the house done, they need help. Desrochiers said the Habitat formula involves 12 committees of volunteers, including: public relations, volunteers, building, church relations, family service, fundraising and grant writing. She said each of these groups could use volunteers. Anyone interested in joining one of these committees can call Cherisse Desochiers at 644-5477 and she can put them in touch with the appropriate team chair.
Another way people can help is through the donation of tools. Because this is the local chapter’s first construction project, they have to start from scratch with the tools needed to build – everything from work gloves to power tools.
Through November 16, Habitat is collecting new and used tools that would be helpful in building a house. Tools can be dropped off at Aubuchon Hardware in Morristown, Johnson Farm and Garden and both the Stowe and Johnson locations of Parker & Stearns. A more detailed list of the items needed is also available at each location.