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BUILDING UP: More than 20 volunteers worked on this Starke-Pulaski Habitat for Humanity home at 524 W. Jenkins St., in Winamac on Saturday. Organizers hope to move the family in by Christmas.

Tim and Tracy Moore are expecting their third child in March.

The couple is also awaiting the completion of a new home being built for them by Habitat for Humanity. They found out in March they had been chosen and have not been able to stay away.

“I can’t tell you how many times we came up here before the foundation was even built,” Tracy said.

Progress is being made on the home located at 524 W. Jenkins St. in Winamac. Construction began three weeks ago. Volunteers have participated one day during the week and each Saturday. Close to 25 people stopped by to help out this weekend.

Since work began, the foundation has been poured, the sub-floor installed, the framing complete and sheets of wood on the exterior walls installed. Rafters and sheeting have been placed on the roof, as well.

Starke-Pulaski Habitat for Humanity President Steve Morrison said there is still quite a bit of work left, including plumbing, wiring, dry wall, painting, carpeting, flooring, siding, doors and windows.

“I would like to have the family in by Christmas,” he said.

When completed, the 1,000 square-foot home will have three bedrooms. To date, it is the most energy efficient home built by the Starke-Pulaski Habitat for Humanity.

According to Morrison, the Starke-Pulaski Habitat for Humanity has averaged one house every three years. The Moore’s house is the fourth project.

Morrison said it is important to continue building homes.

“We just see it as another extension of helping a family in need and a service to the Lord,” he said. “It’s not about us, it’s about serving God and helping the people we live with.”

When deciding on a family to help, Morrison said the organization advertises its intentions. He said a family is chosen based on their need and must have a certain income level. Each qualifying family is then interviewed.

The latest project is going well so far, Morrison said. The organization has received a lot of help from volunteers.

For volunteer Kristina Spoor, seeing the different backgrounds of the volunteers is neat.

“We have a lot of retired guys,” she said. “I think everyone has experience in different areas and brings it here.”

“Or, some don’t have any experience and want to learn,” added Morrison.

Approximately nine of the volunteers have helped with each of the homes from start to finish, he said.

In addition to community members, the Moore family is also asked to work on the project. Morrison explained that Habitat for Humanity receives the mortgage for the house, which is interest free. The homeowners are not required to pay interest since they work it off

with manual labor.

The Moore family, which also consists of 12-year-old Lucas and 3-year-old Timothy, don’t mind helping out.

“It means even more to get to help,” said Tim. “We get to learn from the experience.”

Tracy said she’s even looking forward to helping out with the next home built by the organization.

“There’s nothing we can ever do to show how grateful we are,” she added.

Want to help?

Starke-Pulaski Habitat for Humanity is always looking for organizations to help provide food for volunteers, as well as monetary donations. The group is also seeking a gently used washer, dryer and dishwasher for the Moore residence. For more information, contact Joyce (Liskey) Bailey at 574-542-2806 or samjoyce4770@embarqmail.com or go online to www.sphabitat.org.

• Denise Massie is a staff writer at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5151 or denise.massie@pharostribune.com.

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