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Habitat aims for two houses in a week
Habitat for Humanity of Glynn County unveiled its 74th and 75th houses on April 26, just 10 days ago, and the organization is already preparing its next two projects.

Bert Brown, executive director, announced recently that Habitat is planning for two homes to be built at a rapid pace of just one week in October.

The families have already been selected - Dedria Medlock and her 16-year-old daughter and Rosaura Colin and her 14-year-old son.

"For the project in the fall, we will build two homes in one week - Saturday to Saturday," Brown said. "After meeting with our construction manager and developing an initial project plan we feel conformable that we will be able to build these two homes in one week."

If the Habitat staff and volunteers are able to accomplish that, Brown says it will be a record in his five years with the organization.

He says blitz builds have been done before and he's confident it can be done again.

"It takes four elements to come together to build a Habitat home - a buildable lot, a qualified family, volunteers and funding," he said. "We already have the lots and the families. From now to October we will be project planning for the build week, aligning the volunteers and securing funding."

The construction may be the easiest part of the whole project. Between now and October, Brown says the organization will need to assemble at least 40 volunteers and raise $140,000 to fund the project. A fundraiser set for the fall will take time and effort to put together.

Both families are required to put in what Habitat calls "sweat equity," a certain number of hours of labor participating in the construction. They will have to perform 40 hours of service with Habitat before the construction begins to demonstrate they are willing to partner with the organization, not just reap the benefits of the reduced-price homes.

Other project participants will do assembly work at the Habitat warehouse as well, Brown says, during days leading up to the final week of work on site. These include things like windows and door frames.

Building homes isn't the only job Habitat staff will have over the next several months. Brown says there is a constant need to reach out into the community to remind residents what people can accomplish when they work together.

"Of course, we are always working to increase the volume of donations to our ReStore, our year-round fundraiser," he said. "We will be building awareness to the need in Glynn County to eliminate substandard, overcrowded and unsafe housing."

SBlt Reporter Sarah Lundgren writes about education and other local topics. Contact her at

slundgren@thebrunswick, on Facebook or at 265-8320, ext. 322.

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