Friday, October 22, 1999
Habitat for Humanity volunteers building in Lowell
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell is busy rehabilitating a two-story house on Nichols Street in Lowell for a family of eight. The house was the long-time residence of Elfirenda E. Poore and was donated to Habitat by the Emmanuel Baptist Church of Chelmsford. The building committee has been hard at work since May making structural changes from the basement to the roof to meet the current construction code and modifying interior partitions to meet the family needs. Windows/doors, siding, insulation, sheet rocking, painting, plumbing and electrical work remain ahead.
The building crew works on Saturdays and Tuesdays and meets biweekly to coordinate activities. The Saturday crew works under the direction of Jim Comeau of Chelmsford and consists of three to four core supervisors and volunteers who are scheduled weekly from Habitat Covenant churches. Carl Schilling and Ralph Anderson of Carlisle are key members of the Tuesday crew.
The Tuesday crew, affectionately known as the "Over the Hill Gang," consists of eight to ten retired men who work weekly. They come from Acton, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Lowell, Stow, and Wilmington. The average crew is six men, who work four hours every Tuesday providing 24 manhours of labor each week. To date, they have supplied 522 hours since reconstruction began in May. All have retired, most from technical professions. Some are working on their first Habitat house, while others have worked on more than ten houses over ten years. Most have built only in Lowell, while two have also built in other states, sometimes with former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn. They all share the same desire to assist people in securing affordable housing which those people might not otherwise afford. The Tuesday crew especially treasure working side by side with the future owners.
Submitted by William R. Murphy, 9 St. Andrews Way, N. Chelmsford, MA.
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