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Habitat for Humanity project ready to restart

Trinity volunteers at Agape House

Members of Trinity Church in Bloomfield, shown volunteering at Agape House in Walworth, are now stepping forward to help Habitat for Humanity build a new house in Bloomfield. Shown are, from left front, Beth Overman, Corinne Eaton, Christine Slawson, Lisa Beatty and Santina Herrell; and, back, Dennis Beatty, Mike Halvorson, Bob Halverson and Wes Slawson.

BLOOMFIELD — Habitat for Humanity is seeking volunteers for a home-building project, and a local church group is stepping up to lend a hand.

The nonprofit Habitat for Humanity is looking for volunteers to help in the spring at W850 Myrtle Road for a woman and her son.

The project had a groundbreaking ceremony last summer, but officials say a problem with a contractor delayed work.

A contractor was unable to continue work on the project before a foundation could be installed for the new house.

“We are not doing a full basement,” said volunteer Gary Dunham of Keefe Real Estate. “We are doing a slab, and you cannot pour slab at this time of year.”

Organizers hope to restart on the home-building effort in March or April.

The group is still working on organizing a construction committee, as they are looking for experienced workers to get involved.

Larry Green, executive director of the local Habitat for Humanity chapter, said the group has received interest from people around the region to help with the project.

“A lot of the civic organizations and churches have all expressed interest,” Green said.

One group coming forward is a men’s organization from Trinity Church, W775 Geranium Road.

Wes Slawson, a representative of the men’s group, said the group has tradesmen who are members of the church who have expressed interest in helping with the home construction.

The church has an outreach program that is designed to partner with area organizations wherever they need help.

The church has helped out with Inspiration Ministries, Agape House in Walworth, Feed My Starving Children in Illinois and others. Participants of all ages try to do two or three activities each month.

“We often do a breakfast to help with encouragement, and then we go off to make a difference somewhere,” Slawson said.

The church members heard out about the Habitat for Humanity project, and later discovered that it was happening not far from the church.

“We started getting some details and that there was a family selected,” Slawson said. “We said we can help however we can.”

Habitat for Humanity in Walworth County is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization that builds homes for families in need. To join or offer help, go to www.habitatwalworth.org or call 262-949-0542.

For updates on other volunteer opportunities, follow “HabitatWalworthCounty” on Facebook or Instagram.

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