Volunteers worked on completing the fencing. . .at all the houses.
At Amanda’s, Ken did touchup on the paint and Amanda started cleaning the tub and house. During the week Fiddelke Heating and Air installed Amanda’s furnace.
Elle cleaned her windows while volunteers installed the appliances and finished installing woodwork. Jerry and Elle set the date for her dedication – Monday, November 28 at 6:30 pm!
At Lu’s house Keith and Zack finished the drywall.
Today the volunteers worked on fencing. . .at all the houses. . .digging post holes, pulling the fencing and installing railings. What a great group of workers!
Ken continued to water the new sod to enable a quick start to the lawns.
Amanda and Brian installed cabinet handles on the kitchen cupboards.
Judy swept up Lu's house so the drywaller finishers could do their thing the next week. Mike and others continued to work on doors and woodwork in Elle's house while she filled the nail holes in her woodwork.
At Elle's house Steve and helpers put in the countertops in the kitchen and bathroom.
At Amanda's house volunteers installed the stove and refrigerator in the kitchen and Fred put in the shelving in the closets. Jerry also plotted out the first house for 2023, which we hope to get ready with a foundation by the end of this year.
On Saturday, 10-15-2022
Rita and Sheryl hosted coffee at the warehouse and Pat Skiles offered the devotion for Daughters of the American Revolution who provided a great sandwich bar for lunch. We had two volunteers from the UNMC College of Nursing helping us today.
Today we laid sod at Lu's house, and again, because of great efforts of many volunteers, the job was completed by coffee time at 9:30! Ken set up the sprinklers so that the new sod would get a drink and get a good start. After coffee, we still had lots of jobs for volunteers.
At Amanda's, Amanda and Elle washed the windows and outside others worked on the fencing around the house.
At Elle's house Mike continued hanging doors, and others worked on the fencing at her house.
At Lu's house, one group painted the second coat on her Garden Shed and painted the edges a brilliant white. Other volunteers dug post holes for the fencing at her house. Inside, volunteers insulated the ceiling crawl space and continued with drywalling.
Grass was planted and a lot of painting was done.
Lu inspected the color of her house and decided it was the color she wanted. So on with painting!
And after the rain on Friday White Castle Roofing started shingling Lu’s house! That means we can start with the inside work that will now be rain-protected!
On Saturday, September 17, we had about 30 people helping with many tasks. The UNK Interior Design Department sent painters again to help with the projects. St. James Church members Lacy and Danay hosted coffee and lunch and the Presbyterian Church ladies provided a great Runza Casserole lunch! Lacy provided the devotion at coffee break.
At Elle’s house painters got the two coats of color on her interior walls. Great job, painters! Meanwhile Roger worked on the electrical outlets and outside workers prepared Elle’s yard in preparation for sod.
At Lu’s house great volunteers also got the first coat of exterior paint on the entire house. Another group worked on installing the soffits at Lu’s house.
At Amanda's house workers put up the blinds in the windows, worked on the bases of the kitchen cabinets, and worked on the door trim and woodwork. Once we get the woodwork and doors in, and the countertops installed, we can install carpet and be nearing completion of Amanda's house!
Lu's house is awaiting roofing and a nice day to paint the exterior.
Lori and Bonnie tag-teamed with pictures, and Carol and Bonnie hosted. John Gosswein gave a devotion and Knights of Columbus provided great burgers and dogs for lunch!
Judy, Angela and Sue hosted; Angela gave a devotion; Prince of Peace Catholic Church served the meal and brought some volunteers.
At Amanda's house volunteers prepped the yard getting ready for the sod next week, while another group worked on the fence.
At Elle's house volunteers cut the spacers in the driveway while Elle and Judy worked in the yard and Kay and Rodger insulated the attic.
At Lu's house volunteers put up the facia on the roof, finished sheeting the roof, installed the door on the garden shed, wrapped the house in TYVEK and installed windows!
Poured the back step and the front sidewalk then laid out the driveway. Inside, Bob put up more drywall.
On Saturday Rita and Beth hosted and Dave took photos. First United Methodist Church Friendship Class provided a great lunch. Again this week, we had a lots of wonderful volunteers, who accomplished a lot.
At Amanda’s house they put in rock around the base of the house, put in fence posts and cleaned up the yard.
At Elle’s house they removed the framing for the sidewalks and laid them out for the sidewalk to the house.
At Lu’s house experienced helpers put up the trusses on her house and later started laying the sheeting.
Kay cleaned out the trailers.
Culligan provided us a new water cooler to replace the one that was 30 years old and failing. THANKS, Culligan!
At Elle’s house volunteers finished siding the roof peak; started putting up the facia; Steve put in electrical wiring; Dudley put bolts in base of her shed and the bathtub was set in and plumbing runs made.
At Lu’s house John and Rodger put up blueboard.
On Saturday, August 6 Sheryl and Bonnie hosted and Bonnie took photos. Holy Cross Lutheran Church brought lunch and Jerry Gloystein provided a great devotion.
We had 33 faithful volunteers today who worked hard all morning, but we quit after lunch at noon because it was 98 degrees!
At Amanda’s house volunteers put in landscape timbers and Ken poured in the rocks for volunteers to spread.
At Elle’s house volunteers finished painting the second coats in areas and both coats on the roof peak (it was really tight!); volunteers put in the layers in the safe room closet; Roger and Steve worked on electrical connections; while others put up insulation netting and started blowing in the insulation; Jerry carved out the driveway and others prepared the sidewalk; Judy painted the door trim; Bathroom.
At Lu’s house volunteers put up blueboard; Tracy and Brian worked on the facia of the Garden Shed.
At Amanda’s house Sandy and Howard installed the tile in the bathroom and others put in the upper cabinets in the kitchen.
At Elle’s house the Committee put up more siding.
At Lu’s house the Committee put up the porch frame and drilled anchors for the safe room. They also poured the foundation for the Garden Shed.
On Saturday, July 30 the St. James crew of Lacy and Tony hosted 38 volunteerss! Lacy also gave a really great devotion and Fyre Modern Grill brought great sandwiches and chips! Carolyn took photos.
At Amanda’s house Roger worked on electrical outlets.
Workers at Elle’s house finished the siding of the front peak of her house and the Garden Shed, while a great group of painters completed two coats of color on the house and the shed! Meanwhile a group of volunteers started putting up the soffits.
At Lu’s house volunteers built the Garden Shed and started installing blueboard insulation on her house.
The tub/shower unit was installed before the walls were enclosed in Lu’s house.
On Saturday, July 23, 2022 Angela and Bonnie hosted and Becky took photos. Angela gave a wonderful devotion at break time. Lunch was served by the UNK Leadership group, and we were able to set the tables in the shade of the nice trees on the east side of the lots. It was windy but hot today so we concluded building after lunch.
At Elle’s house volunteers continued with siding and were finished by lunch time. Jerry and Kely sited something on the lot.
At Lu’s house volunteers built more interior walls while others put in hurricane clips to secure the frame to the foundation.
At Amanda’s house volunteers dug holes for fence posts and drilled holes in landscape timbers to secure them to the ground. Amanda and her friend cut more rebar to insert into the timbers.
At Lu’s house Dandee Construction poured the floor.
On Saturday, July 16, 2022 Beth and Sheryl hosted, Cindy took photos and Catholic Daughters served lunch. John Gosswein favored us with one of his meaningful devotions in the shade of the trees. Habitat President Patrick gave a welcome and thanks to the volunteers.
Most of the work today involved setting the walls at Lu’s house. There is a lot of prep work that has to be done prior to the actual raising the walls, and lots of people are involved.
First wall is up and ready to be secured.
Ready for wall #2
Here comes #3
It’s got to be right!
Lu checks it out!
Now the interior walls!
At Elle’s house (#2) Judy and Rodger work on insulating the rafters for maximum coverage. Inside workers install plumbing runs in the walls and Steve works on the electrical side of the house.
On Saturday, July 9, Pastor James Deloach from Zion Lutheran Church gave a devotion during the coffee hour and ladies from the church prepared and served a great meal. We were blessed with shade trees for our coffee hour but because of the heat of the day we used tents to shade the tables for lunch. Bonnie was host with the help of Judy and Bobette, and Lori took photos.
Most of the activity today was at Elle's house where a very efficient crew put up the rafters on the house and were able to even do the sheeting - all by 12:30! Rodger worked on the windows openings to get them ready for installation and some finished installing the blueboard. Another group worked at putting in the door to Elle's garden shed and at the end of the day they put the tar paper on the garden shed.
At Amanda's house a group worked on pulling the weeds in the yard, while another group finished painting the interior of her house.
June 25, 2022
On this wet Saturday Carolyn took photos of the activities of 33 great volunteers while Michelle from St. James Church and Beth hosted. Pastor Rick Carlson from First Lutheran Church provided a devotion at the morning coffee and Judy Henning and a great group from the church provided lunch.
A group of three volunteers wiped down the walls at Amanda’s house getting it ready to paint next Saturday. Fred put in backers in her house.
There were lots of volunteers to sand the foundation at Lu’s house so the work went quickly and the group moved to the Warehouse where they framed the walls for Lu’s house.
What a successful day!
HVAC runs were placed in Lu’s foundation and her family was here to help.
Godfathers provided a pizza lunch.
At Amanda’s house volunteers removed the concrete forms from the drive and walks.
During the week Dandee Concrete poured the floor of the foundation at Elle’s house.
At Lu’s house, volunteers laid the blue insulation board in her foundation.
Volunteers helped at Luvianne’s foundation placing plastic over the pea gravel, then plastic, then blue board for insulation then sand. They also ran heat run pipes into the foundation.
Other volunteers removed the forms for Amanda’s sidewalk.
On Saturday June 11 Angela and Bonnie hosted and Cindy took photographs. First United Methodist Seekers Class member Linda Francis gave a devotion during our coffee break and the class provided a great fried chicken lunch.
At Amanda’s house Roger worked on the electrical box and Judy finished painting the white trim. Inside, we are awaiting the drywallers so that we can begin painting the interior sometime soon. Ken and a group of volunteers moved dirt in the lawn to level it out.
Elle is pictured in front of her house, which is awaiting a concrete floor pour. Jerry moved dirt around the foundation so that the concrete people could access the house with ease.
At Luvianne’s house volunteers waded in the mud in the foundation to set re-bar so that we can pour concrete next week.
They also prepared the driveway and back sidewalk for Amanda’s house.
On Saturday the 4th of June, volunteers painted the second coat on Amanda’s house a great gray color and painted the trim bright white.
Other volunteers finished sanding the foundation for Elle’s house and worked on the foundation for Lu’s house as well as prepared Amanda’s back sidewalk and driveway for concrete on Monday.
On Saturday, May 21 Lori took photos of volunteers working on Elle’s foundation. They poured concrete, inserted the Styrofoam blocks and filled them with cement.
At the warehouse Amanda and Brian started painting their trim.
At the site, Jerry and others sited the foundation for our third house for Lu and her four nephews.
Buzz’s Marine provided a pizza lunch for the volunteers and Faith United Methodist volunteers served for them, because their staff work on Saturdays.
This morning building committee members brought the picnic tables from the Warehouse to the build site so from now on we will be able to have coffee break and lunch at the site. At noon the Kearney Women’s Club provided a great sloppy Joe lunch.
A group of volunteers finished the siding on the south side of the house while some others worked on installing soffits. . .and inside, a crew worked on putting up drywall behind those who were blowing insulation into the walls.
We had a great group of volunteers today to paint Amanda’s house a beautiful grey color. They got the first coat on all the house and a second coat on the Garden Shed.
Do you think we have enough painters? ;)
Part of a sidewalk had been poured, so volunteers removed the bracing to get ready to pour a driveway.
May 7, 2022
Dobytown Kiwanis provided workers and lunch today and Charlie Pickens provided a devotion for our coffee break time. All three home-buyers were on site and a future home-buyer for 2023 was working on his 20 hours to qualify.
During the week the Building Committee members worked on siding, started getting ground ready to set the front sidewalk and installed the tub/shower unit into the bathroom. Bob Geist has been working during the week to get some drywall up on all the ceilings and then some.
On Saturday, about 30 volunteers accomplished a lot of work. Two crews worked on siding the north and south sides of the house.
Ken painted the edges of the house so volunteers can start putting up soffits. Vicky and Elle painted Amanda’s garden shed.
Inside a crew worked on putting up the netting for insulation and then blew in the insulation. Fred Kempf put backers in the walls. Brian and Tep worked on putting up three layers of plywood in the safe room.
Charlie Pickens helped Ken set up an organization area with buckets. . .
And there’s always cleanup!
During the week the Building Committee members put in the windows and doors at Amanda’s house, finished placing the last piece of sheeting on the roof, completed installing blueboard on the sides and peaks and started marking the outer walls so we can start siding.
Another trio of people planted bushes along the north side of our property on 17th street.
The Garden Shed that the Committee put up during the break in January thru March comes in handy to store tools and supplies.
On Saturday the 23rd, students helped by moving dirt around the base of Amanda’s house while others helped clean the out-lot at the entrance to our sub-division. Other volunteers began installing the siding.
Great Job on another windy but beautiful day!