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Latest Habitat home build continues, volunteers needed

On April 21, several students from the Volunteer ETSU program assisted with the Unicoi County Habitat for Humanity home building project as part of their Service Saturday events. (Contributed photo)

By Kendal Groner

The Unicoi County Habitat for Humanity current home building project is nearing completion, thanks to the help of local residents, church members and volunteer organizations.

The home, located at 611 Grove Ave. in Erwin, will be the home of Monica Tipton and her young son. Construction of the home began in June 2017.

“It’s a wonderful experience, especially knowing Monica,” Brian Poston, volunteer coordinator for Unicoi County Habitat for Humanity, said about building the home. “She has worked very hard for this home and she and her son, Brayden, can’t wait to get in it. It’s a big sense of accomplishment for our community as well.”

Poston said since groundwork on the home began, Tipton and volunteers have worked on the home each Saturday that weather allowed.

“We have had groups from various churches and then a few individuals have helped,” Poston said. “Alan Vaughan and Linda Barrett have assisted us. We also got tremendous help from Tony Silvers on the foundations.”

Back in October, Royal Building Products in Bristol donated expensive Celect siding, along with time and money to aid the project’s progress. Royal Building Products will be completing the exterior once the front porch is completed.

“This past Saturday, Volunteer ETSU through their Service Saturday program sent a group of 13 individuals to help,” said Poston. “It went very, very well and they were fantastic workers. This weekend they completed all of the insolation and the footers for the front porch.”

Next, volunteers will be working on the front porch, and then the exterior around the soffits and fascia. Once the exterior is complete, interior work will begin with the installation of sheetrock, cabinets and appliances.

“We really just need more volunteers and we have several groups lined up, but we would like to have more so we can complete this by June if possible,” Poston said. “Every Saturday that there is good weather we work out there. We’ve just had a lot of unfortunate weather and delays with permits.”

He also said as soon as the exterior is completed, weather will no longer be a delay once work on the interior begins.

The majority of funds that the local affiliate receives comes from local businesses, other organizations and support from churches in the area. United Way, the Erwin Kiwanis Club, the Town of Erwin, the Town of Unicoi, NN Inc. and Centenary United Methodist Church are all covenant partners that assist Habitat for Humanity of Unicoi County.

Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to stop by Brian Poston’s Erwin State Farm Insurance Office at 1072 N. Main Ave. or give him a call at 956-4606. Donations can be mailed to 203 N. Elm Ave., Erwin.