We are coming to the end of our work year 2023 putting the finishing touches on our last two houses.
The T-Th building committee members are busy -
At Justine's house workers touched up the paint; washed windows and put screens in the windows.
At Leo's house the appliances were brought in and installed - washer and dryer, refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, microwave. Jerry put together the ice maker for the fridge, and the guys had to move the handles from the refrigerator from the left to the right - which they LOVE to do😉. Steve installed the countertops in the kitchen and bathroom; Milt and Tracy put on door knobs and stops, while others continued installing the base woodwork and doors.
We look forward to the dedications of these houses - Justine on Friday, December 15 at 6:30 and Leo on Monday December 18 at 6:30.
Other volunteers continued building the garden shed for the second house for 2024.
More pictures on Saturday.
Hello everyone just wanted to give you another update on the progress at the job site. Things are coming together at Justine's home Ken said he had cleaned everything out and let her know that she could start cleaning for the open house.
Leo's house is coming along also there are still a few things that need to be finished such as there is some plumbing that needs to be finished, there are still some nail holes to be filled, caulking to be done, Dennis was putting in the splash guard in the bathrooms, towel racks need to be installed, touch up painting and I'm sure there are other things that need finished.
We do have two foundations with floors on them that are ready for next season along with two garden sheds have been erected and sided. Shawn Guy is planning to be there on the 13th to touch up the finish on the tub/showers, so with no big hiccups it looks like we will be done in time for the dedications.
Again Thanks for all You do.
We are almost finished with the houses for 2023! On November 17 Ingrid Ramirez signed her contracts with KAHFH and that evening we celebrated the dedication of her house.
During the week, volunteers made sure Ingrid’s house was ready for the dedication.
Volunteers started preparing a punch list in Justine’s house and Ken had people mark with blue tape the places in the paint that needed repair and cover. Justine’s house is almost ready for her dedication on December 15.
On Saturday, Sue and Judy hosted and Bonnie took photos. The First United Methodist Friendship Class provided a soup lunch for our volunteers and Dennis Davenport gave a meaningful devotion.
In Leo’s house, John, Milt and Tamar cleaned the floors so that on Monday the professional floor installers could come in and lay the vinyl. Roger worked on fans and electrical hookups, Judy painted the final coaat on the outside door frames, Mike worked on framing for closet shelves and bars, while others started installing the upper cupboards.
Milt and John planted a tree for Justine.
Week of Nov. 6, 2023.....
Good afternoon, Everyone.
We have had another productive week at the job site.
House #1 passed final inspection this week, so some final touch up and some dedication prep it will be ready for dedication on Friday at 6:30.
House#2 is close behind I believe there are some nail holes that were missed that need addressed and it will need a punch list made up.
House #3 Ken and crew have finished painting. so is now waiting for flooring to be installed but we do have a bit of floor prep to finish to be ready.
Foundation #1 for 2024 has the floor poured and not much of anyting to do there.
I was concerned of what we would be doing this week,
Thanks for all You do;
During the week volunteers put the backsplash tiles in the bathroom in Ingrid’s house and put the door pulls on cupboards in Justine’s house. In Leo’s house Keith and Zach finished the drywall so that we could begin painting on Saturday. Volunteers also worked on filling the foundation of the second house for 2024 so it will be ready to go early next year.
Saturday was a rainy and muddy day, so we had coffee and lunch at the warehouse. Lacey hosted on behalf of St. James, and also provided the devotion, which as usual was great. Becky took photos. At lunchtime, Ralph and Pam Hanson provided a chicken dinner.
Even in the rain, Volunteers still worked on the foundation for next years house, and continued putting up fencing for this year's houses.
In Leo’s house, volunteers cleaned and painted the primer coat on all the walls. Thanks, Raeanna, for supervising that procedure while Ken was gone. Shelby popped open the new paint bucket and got a face full of paint! Roger worked on the electrical outlets in the house and put up two ceiling fans with lights.
Leo worked on painting his doors at the warehouse.
Ingrid worked on cleaning her house getting ready for her Dedication on November 17.
During the week, the Building Committee continued to wok on the Garden Shed for the first house for 2024, and Cudaback dug the foundation for the second house for 2024. They continued to refine work in the three houses that will be dedicated soon. Zack and Keith Rasmussen worked on the first coat of drywall finishing in Leo's house.
On Saturday, October 28,
Bonnie and Carol hosted at the warehouse on this very cold day. Bonnie gave a Pass It On devotion devotion, Becky took photos and Rita and Keith Lindvall provided a soup, sandwich and dessert lunch for the volunteers. Four men, including our board member Peter Lillyman, from Black Sheep Fitness volunteered at the site.
Ken started touching up paint at Ingrid's house getting ready for the dedication in November.
At Justine's house Justine continued to fill nail holes in the woodwork, while her partner Julie cleaned floors and other volunteers helped clean the walls and kitchen. Outside, volunteers continued with fencing.
At Leo's house volunteers continued putting up fencing.
Other volunteers put the rebar in the foundation for the second house for 2024.
On Saturday, October 21, 2023 - Judy and Sue were site hosts and Bonnie was photographer. SCORR Marketing provided help at the site and a chili, cinnamon rolls and brownies lunch for the volunteers. Judy Gosswein gave a devotion at coffee break.
As usual, laying the sod went quickly with many hands, so Leo's yard was completed by coffee break time. After break, volunteers worked on the garden shed for our first house in 2024, while Ken started the water on the new sod. (Our photographer [me] was remiss in getting photos, but other volunteers washed windows at Ingrids house and continued filling nail holes in the woodwork. At Justine's house they also filled nail holes in the woodwork and put in more closet doors and shelves. Judy put finishing coats of paint on the outer doorways in all three houses.
I understand that we hope to get another foundation dug and ready for winter yet this year so that we can have a quick start on next year's build.
Jerry's family came for the event and are pictured with Edith and Jerry!
Hello everyone, another busy week at the build site. We were able to sandfill the foundation for the first house of 2024 season, so get it sprayed and the porch formed then it is ready to have the floor poured.
House one working on blinds, doorknobs, closet shelves and rods, nail holes filled in molding and trim.
House two they have started installing doors, ready to begin on trim and molding.
House three the drywall is almost finished so the drywall finishers can get started. The yard needs to be prepared for sod and seed.
If all goes well we will be doing another foundation the 26th.
Thanks for all You do,
Ingrid helped clean up the site.
The foundation for the first house of 2024 was poured and the blueboard installed and filled with concrete.
The back step and walk at Leo and Maria’s house was also poured.
On Saturday, September 30 we had volunteers from Ingrid’s church – Inglesia Redemcion Eterna in Gibbon. Pastor Marco and his wife Mariella were there, but Pastor John Gosswein and his wife Judy gave a morning devotion about “Surprise!” and Daniel Medina translated. Was a fun morning and we made many new friends!
Mariella and her crew served a great authentic taco lunch!
At the site, volunteers worked on the foundation of the first house for 2024 by installing the support boards which will support the frame, installed pea gravel in the foundation, and then put in radon tubes and then sealed that with plastic sheeting. Next in that process will be sandfill and plumbing runs and then the concrete flooring.
At Ingrid’s house, Judy painted the door frames and corner boards while a great crew of lots of volunteers laid the sod in her front yard. They were so efficient, the job was accomplished in less than one hour! Ken immediately started the water to make sure we got a good growth. The sewn back yard grass is looking really good! Volunteers then swept the walks and drives after all that sod was laid.
At Justine’s house a great crew of volunteers including Justine and her sister Julie, laid the sod in her front yard. The second load of sod was delivered prior to break, and the efficient crew had it finished in no time! Ken immediately started the water to make sure we got a good growth. The sewn back yard grass is looking really good! Our President Patrick helped water the newly laid sod.
Our volunteers found other jobs to do – like sweeping the walks and drives after all that sod was laid.
Bob was here with all his tools to continue installing drywall in Leo’s house.
This week the T-TH volunteers accomplished a lot. . .
At Ingrid’s house they installed the countertops in the bath and kitchen.
The HVAC unit was installed.
Woodwork trim installation continued.
Steve and Dudley installed the window ledges.
At Justine’s Sandy and her husband installed tile in the bathroom and the rest of the cupboards were put in the kitchen and bath.
At Leo’s Dennis and Dudley worked on building the back step and Roger worked on electrical connections, Bill and Phil insulated the walls.
Ken and Parker Hannifin volunteers worked on getting the front yards ready for sod.
On Saturday, Bonnie and Judy hosted and Carolyn took photos. Pat Skiles from the PEO HP gave the devotion at coffee break and Barb and Melissa served the chicken dinner.
Justine and her sister worked on painting her doors and trim in the warehouse.
Mike (pink room) continued installing trim in Ingrid’s house while others installed her stove and refrigerator.
Milt and John installed blinds on some of the windows
While outside Judy G. sanded the door trim so that Judy D. could paint it.
The grass in the back yards at Ingrid and Justine’s houses is up and looking good. Hopefully we will lay sod in the front yards next week.
House #95 has the bathroom floor in place now and the upper cabinets are up and part off the base cabinets are in place. Steve picked up a new blade for the saw to cut molding with so we can move forward with that as time allows.
House #96 has flooring going in today or tomorrow. I believe all of the landscaping timbers have been installed and filled with rock except on south side waiting for stoop to be poured.
House #97 Siding is finished and painted ay least once, soffit and trim are being installed, wiring inspection has been done and maybe the second shower needs to be installed. So I think we need to do a little house keeping so the drywall and wall mesh can start.
Just a reminder that we are getting concrete thursday at 1:00 o'clock for the stoop. on house 96 and the sidewalk and driveway approach on house 97, Jerry also shared that Cudaback will be here to 14th of September to dig footing for the first house of 2024.
A few things on the to do list are to:
clean garden sheds and build benches in them,
soffit and facisa,
rake around garden sheds and fences to get ready to seed grass,
get shim shingles,
check on furnace vent,
For Ingrid’s house, Dale Jansen and associate installed the flooring.
For Justine’s house, they poured her driveway and installed shelving supports in closets.
For Leo’s house Buffalo Roofing shingled the house!
On Saturday, August 19. . .
It was a very hot day, reaching 97 by noon! Even with that, our volunteers accomplished the following:
At Ingrid’s house volunteers placed the landscape timbers around the house.
At Justine’s house Mike and Tracy built the back step.
At Leo’s house, volunteers started building the safe room in the master closet, moved dirt, readying for sod in September, and continued with siding.
During the week Building Committee members braced the walls of Leo’s porch, put in hurricane clips to stabilize the house against storms, and put in blueboard.
On Saturday, Bonnie and Carol hosted and Lori took photos. Bonnie gave a reading from Habitat Build Site Devotionals. For lunch, Buzz’s Marine provided pizza and cookies and volunteers from Faith United Methodist Church helped serve.
Today was a pleasant day and much was accomplished - even Bonnie climbing on the mower to clear the area around the picnic tables!
Ingrids house is awaiting the flooring to be installed by professionals.
At Justine’s house volunteers put on the first and second coats of paint and prepared her driveway for the concrete.
At Leo’s house volunteers prepared the sidewalk for concrete, finished installing blueboard and then wrapped the house in Tyvek, installed the foundation boards around the house, and installed windows. John sanded the siding boards readying for installation, and others measured for siding.
What a day!!
During the week the Building Committee framed the sidewalk in front of Leo’s house and Justine’s driveway. Ingrid and her nephew work partner Jonathan painted the color on a couple rooms in her house.
On Saturday, August 5, skilled paint volunteers finished the second coat of paint on Ingrid’s interior walls, making way for the vinyl floors and cabinets to be installed next.
At Justine’s house, the painters cleaned and completed the primer coat to the interior walls. Next for her is the paint color, then vinyl floors and then cupboards.
At Leo’s house volunteers, aided by our skilled partners, Zach and Paul Jackson and Jerry Willis, put up the trusses of the house and got some of the sheeting installed.
A great amount of work was done today, thanks to our faithful volunteers!
Thank you all!
Hosts for the day were Maria and Patti from St. James Catholic Church, and the recording all the work in photos was Cindy. Barb Naber gave a devotion at coffee break and First United Methodist Church Seekers Class served a fried chicken lunch. Thanks all!
At Justine’s house Keith and Zach Rasmussen mudded the drywall, making ready for painting.
On Saturday, July 29, 2023 –
It started out rainy, so we weren’t sure how much we were going to be able to accomplish today, but we started by dusting and wiping down Ingrid’s walls to ready them for painting, and by 9:30 things cleared up outside and we were ready to go!
At the warehouse Sue and Beth hosted coffee and Beth provided a devotion. Becky and Bonnie took photos. At lunchtime, Justine’s mother and step-father, Lynn and Walter Labrie provided sandwiches.
With Ken’s direction, the volunteers painted the primer coat on Ingrid’s house while Steve and Roger worked on installing light cans and the outdoor lights.
At Justine’s house the electricians worked more on installing switches and outlets.
Justine started looking at the paint samples. . .this is going to be hard!
At Leo’s house, volunteers continued putting backer boards on the framing, built in the porch supports, and moved some dirt and weeds.
At Ingrid’s house Zach and Keith Rasmussen mudded and finished the drywall, getting it ready to paint.
On Saturday the 22nd, Beth and Carol hosted, Lori took pictures, and PEO EG provided a great sloppy lunch and gave the morning devotion.
There were over 30 people on site, as a group from New Life church volunteered.
Judy and Carol pulled the weeds on Ingrid’s property and later Judy power-raked the front, which really helped keep the property neat.
Justine and many volunteers put the second coat of paint on her house.
Bob and Kay worked on drywall installation inside and Steve worked on electrical connections. Roger worked on installing the soffits.
Leo was happy that we were finally able to raise the walls of his house while another group put the Tyvek up on the garden shed as well as the roof edging.
Installed the soffits on Justine’s house and started blowing insulation into the walls of the interior.
Sanded the foundation at Leo’s house and leveled it.
At Ingrid’s, the drywall is all up and we are now waiting for the professional drywallers to mud and finish the job so we can paint.
On Saturday we had a group of 30 volunteers at the site and lots was accomplished. Holy Cross Lutheran Church were our providers today. They brought a great soft taco lunch. Jerry Gloystein gave a devotion about eagles, and the group enjoyed catching up with conversation. Bonnie and Sheryl hosted and Carolyn took photos.
A group of volunteers worked on the fence at the back of all three properties.
Ingrid’s house is awaiting the drywall finishers to come and work their magic!
At Justine’s house, painters were busy putting on the first coat of beautiful green paint to the garden shed and the house. At the same time the painters were working on her house, the siders were finishing their work on the west side, thanks to John, who sanded the boards so they would be ready to be nailed in place. Bill and Phil blew the insulation into the interior walls of her house.
At Leo’s house, Dave Waggoner Plumbing made all the connections in the foundation and then the last bit of sand was added and packed in well so that next week the floor can be poured and smoothed by the experts at Dandee Concrete and Construction Company. Jerry moved dirt around the property, and Tep led a group to build the garden shed.
The week prior to the July 4 holiday, volunteers poured the foundation base at Leo’s house, then installed the blueboard foundation supports, and filled them with cement. This is an important point in the process, as the house needs to be square and level, so much measurement and bracing is needed.
In the meantime, drywalling was completed at Ingrid’s house and now we are awaiting the drywallers to finish.
July 8, 2023 –
Danae and Maria from St. James Catholic Church hosted the Saturday build day, Cindy took photos, Danae gave a devotion at our coffee break and the Knights of Columbus provided lunch.
Today our volunteers painted the dark gray final coat of paint on Ingrid’s house and garden shed and Judy painted the white trim.
At Justine’s house volunteers started putting up the netting for insulation on the inside walls. Bob and others worked on the safe room in the master closet and Steve Dennis worked on electrical connections. Outside, volunteers continued siding her house with our multicolored materials.
At Leo’s house, once volunteers braced the foundation walls, blueboard was laid in the foundation for insulation and gravel and sand put on top of that, and then volunteers put the plumbing and heating runs in the foundation.
Sue and Judy hosted today, and Becky recorded activity with photos. Sue gave a devotion during the coffee break.
Painters came to help today at Ingrid’s house, but we had to wait until the temperature and dew point were correct and we finally started – and got the first coat of paint added to the house. Kay and Bob worked on drywall.
Justine helped clear the yard of rocks and helped dig holes for the future fence at the back of the properties. Steve and Mike worked more on electrical hookups and lights, Rodger reinforced the safe room outer wall.
Dennis leveled the grade stakes so we know how much concrete to put down in Leo’s foundation.
Habitat is all about making connections, helping people and making friendships. So during coffee break, people connected with each other.
It seems as though we are always pouring concrete and putting up siding this time of year. . .and our volunteers are getting really good at doing just that! This week we laid more sidewalk in front of Justine’s house, poured that concrete and leveled. Siding installation continued and you can see the house looks like a patchwork with all the different type of siding. Tracy put up the final piece at the top of the front peak!
Inside Ingrid’s house drywall installation continued with the help of Parker Hannifin employees. Another PH employee helped the electrician in Justine’s house and the third helped with the sidewalks.
On Thursday Cudaback men came to dig Leo’s foundation! Yeah! They do such a great. Job and really know how to handle that backhoe! Keith was a gofer for the Cudaback guys by making sure they had the right supplies.
At Ingrid’s house her son and a friend helped Kay and Bob install drywall.
At Ingrids – put in soffits, started drywalling ceilings, finished bulding the safe room and sanded and prepared boards for siding.
At Justine’s – laid out more sidewalks, and marked the house readying for siding.
At Leo’s – Jerry started leveling the land so that Cudaback could come dig the foundation.
On Saturday June 17: Danay, Patty and Pablo from St. James Church hosted and Lori took photos of the activities. The Reverend Dr. Rick Calson gave a devotion at the warehouse and First Lutheran Church provided a great lunch.
At the Warehouse Jerry marked boards to lay out the interior walls for Leo and Maria’s house and others started building those walls.
At the site, volunteers continued putting up soffits at Ingrid’s house, and siding.
At Justine’s the electrician worked on wiring the house while other volunteers laid out more sidewalks.
Dunkin Donuts provided a lot of day old donuts for the crew, then the remaining were given to the First United Methodist Church Food Pantry for distribution.
On Saturday Beth and Sheryl hosted and Cindy took photos of the activity. Beth gave a devotion at the warehouse and Walter and Lynn Labrie (Justine’s mom and step-dad) provided a great Taco lunch.
It poured again this week, so the site was very muddy, but there was still lots of work to be accomplished.
Bracing was removed from the sidewalks and laid out for more sidewalk towards Justine’s house. Electricians continued to work with wiring. Volunteers built the Safe Room in Ingrid’s closet. Other volunteers hung the netting for the insulation and blew the insulation into the walls.
Drywall was brought into the house ready for installation as soon as the electricity is inspected.
Carol and Bonnie hosted, Jerry welcomed volunteers and introduced home-buyers and gave an update on the building progress. Carol gave a devotion, and Prince of Peace Catholic Church provided a great goulash lunch.
The electricians were busy getting their supplies in the house to wire everything.
Windows were installed in Justine's house.
On Saturday Sue and Judy hosted, Becky took photos, John Gosswein gave the morning devotion and Zion Lutheran Church Women provided the lunch.
Justine and her work partner Jacob helped other volunteers put blueboard siding on her house while other Volunteers finished sheeting the roof.
The electricians continued wiring Ingrid’s house and Bob started getting ready to put up the drywall. Ingrid and her helpers put the first coat of paint on the garden shed.
Windows arrived for Ingrid’s house.
Dandee Construction’s great crew poured and leveled the foundation for Justine’s house.
Saturday, May 13 was a wet day but volunteers and staff were on side and ready to go when the walls for Justine’s house were delivered.
Unfortunately, once the walls were removed from the flatbed, the mud captured Jerry’s truck and it had to be pulled out with the tractor!
The walls were braced and set for raising. Justine and her step dad enjoyed participating in the raising. Men from the Industrial Distribution Department at UNK helped get both the exterior and interior walls up.
At coffee break Beth gave a devotion and at lunchtime Kearney Women’s Club provided lunch. Beth and Sheryl hosted and Carolyn took photos.
Other volunteers started stuffing insulation in the upper walls at Ingrid's house and installing the venting panels in the roof interior.
It was finally a nice day at the work site on Saturday. Charlie Pickens provided a devotion at our coffee break and Dobytown Kiwanis provided lunch.
At Ingrid’s house volunteers finished putting sheeting and edging on the roof, so we are ready for roofers. They then started marking the house for siding and putting siding on the garden shed. Once we get the windows and doors, we will be able to start siding the house. Inside volunteers continued putting up hurricane clips.
At Justine’s property, volunteers put up the garden shed.
Sue and Judy hosted today and Becky took photos. Carolyn Forney from Faith United Methodist Church provided a great devotion at coffee break at the Warehouse and at lunchtime a chicken strip lunch was provided by her church.