Construction begins next week on the fifth house to be built by Lawrence Habitat for Humanity for local residents.
The project, part of the national organization's work camp efforts, is honoring Habitat International's 15th anniversary.
To assist with the home building, 14 out-of-town volunteers will arrive Monday and begin work Tuesday at 1700 Harper. The group will be joined by local volunteers in raising one house and will stay until next Saturday. While in Lawrence, the volunteers will stay with host families.
A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, with State Reps. Betty Jo Charlton, D-Lawrence, and Sandy Praeger, R-Lawrence in attendance. Construction begins at 9:15 a.m. Various churches will provide lunches and dinners for the volunteers during the week.
The Rev. John Gingerich, president of the Lawrence Habitat chapter, said the house would be 75 percent completed during the week and finished in 60 days.
Gingerich is offering an unusual financial contribution for the project. His daughter, Harriet, donated a large plastic mushroom bank filled three-fourths of the way with pennies. He estimates the bank contains $50 to $60, and he would like to fill it while the house is being raised.
People interested in assisting Gingerich may call him at 841-2531. For more information on the project, call Gingerich or Craig and Gloria Jacobs at 842-5265.