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Volunteers sought to build Habitat for Humanity home

This lot on Spruce Lane will hold Park Rapids' second Habitat for Humanity home that will be built with volunteer labor. (Jean Ruzicka / Enterprise)

Calling all volunteers!

Park Rapids is about to become the site of another Habitat for Humanity home with helpers needed in all phases of construction - including baking treats.

The foundation was poured this week for the residence that will become home to Jamey Haataja and Adam Seimon and three children.

The three-bedroom, 1,104-square-foot "patio home" will be constructed at 1010 Spruce Lane, with work scheduled to begin Monday, Nov. 26.

Volunteers are needed for all phases of the construction, reports Kevin Pelkey, Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity executive director, including a site host to greet workers.

Skills, he joked, are optional. A helping hand and ability to listen are mandatory.

The first week, men and women are needed for framing, roofing, setting windows and doors and the vinyl siding.

Week two, subcontractors move in, but volunteers are needed for insulation work, followed by sheetrock installation, painting, flooring and putting in cabinets and trim work.

Volunteers have the option of working one or two shifts a day, 8 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. - with treats (prepared by a volunteer) served on breaks. Volunteers spending the day are asked to bring lunch.

Families who benefit from the Habitat for Humanity program must meet three criteria - need, the ability to pay for the home and provide "sweat equity," contributing a minimum of 300 hours on this home or other projects.

The home is sold to the family at a zero interest rate. The price is based on cost of materials and labor on the part of plumbers and electricians.

Joe and Margery Knoblauch donated the lot.

Pelkey anticipates a 30-day construction timeframe, with the home to be complete around Christmas.

To volunteer for the project, contact Sharon Jacobson at 732-1521, or contact Pelkey at 218-828-8517 or complete the form available on the website, www.lake