An Oct. 14 groundbreaking has been set, a much-needed general contractor has been found and the family selection committee has chosen an applicant.
Despite being almost out of funds, Lawrence Habitat for Humanity has announced plans to begin building the group's fourth house in the city for low-income working people since they organized a little over a year ago.
Groundbreaking for the home will be Oct. 14 on a lot purchased by Habitat at 2707 Harper, said John Gingerich, Habitat president.
Gingerich also announced that a group representing Habitat for Humanity International will be spending time in Lawrence next spring helping with the construction of one of the three homes planned by the local Habitat group next year.
THE VISITORS will be on a summerlong march across the country to celebrate Habitat for Humanity's 15th anniversary, and are expected to arrive in Lawrence in June. Gingerich said he expects 12 to 25 marchers will stay in Lawrence at least a week to help with home construction.
For Lawrence Habitat for Humanity's fourth home, the group's Family Selection Committee has chosen the Gary and Freida Houk family. Gingerich said the Houks and their four children currently live in a trailer court, and have been active with Habitat on previous construction projects.
Habitat also has announced that Stacie Lambertson, the wife of David Lambertson, a "Diplomat in Residence" at Kansas University, has been chosen as volunteer general contractor for Habitat's fourth home.
Lambertson has experience both as a home designer and has worked for eight years as project manager for a development company that did both residential and commercial construction.
LAMBERTSON said she has been interested in Habitat for many years, but this is the first time she has had the opportunity to be involved so closely. She said she has been "honing" her construction skills over the past three years building an addition to a family home in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Gingerich said because Habitat is low on funds, the group plans a fund-raising campaign over the next few weeks for the fourth home, which will be somewhat bigger than previous projects because of the size of the Houk family. The campaign began this week with calls going out from the board of directors to everyone on the group's mailing list asking both for donations and volunteer help.
Construction volunteer should call Ruth Weir at 843-2371 or Charron Andrews at 841-2720.
GINGERICH SAID both Lambertson and Brother Beningus, who is with the Franciscan order and recently assigned to Lawrence, exemplify how newcomers to Lawrence have come forward to help recently.
Brother Beningus has been working almost every day at a home Habitat is renovating at 1609 Powers, Gingerich said.
Gingerich said they hope to get the concrete poured and the frame for the new house up before winter sets in.