Hannibal Courier-Post

10th Habitat for Humanity house in Hannibal has groundbreaking, 1-day building blitz planned

Ready to dig at the April 15 Habitat for Humanity groundbreaking are, in front from left, Lee Vedenhaupt, State Rep. Lindell Shumake, Jamie Vedenhaupt, future homeowner Adriel Vedenhaupt and her children, Mackenzie Vedenhaupt and Coby Hopwood.
By Bev Darr, Hannibal Courier-Post Reporter
Posted: Apr. 15, 2017 6:18 pm

If construction progresses as expected, Adriel Vedenhaupt and her two children, Coby Hopwood, 15, and Mackenzie Vedenhaupt, 12, could be living in their new Habitat for Humanity home by the end of November.

She and her children joined Mark Twain Area Habitat for Humanity (MTAHFH) personnel to use shovels at the groundbreaking for her house at 1510 Pleasant St. in Hannibal on Saturday, April 15.

Vedenhaupt works at True Manufacturing in Bowling Green. A lifelong Hannibal resident, she currently rents an apartment in the home of her parents, Lee and Jamie Vedenhaupt.

Vedenhaupt and her family, along with members of her church, First Assembly of God, will be helping with construction, she said. She is youth pastor of the church.

The homeowners are required to provide 300 hours of sweat equity, and she said it would not be a problem.

First Assembly Pastor Brandon Hampton led the groundbreaking ceremony, along with Lee Vedenhaupt, Trey Hall, MTAHFH vice president, and State Rep. Lindell Shumake.

The group doing the groundbreaking also included MTAHFH personnel Mike Coyle, Linda Clark, and Tom Dugger.

This will be the 10th Habitat house in Hannibal, according to Bruce Athman, board member and construction chairman. He and Buddy Tarleton will oversee construction. The latest three houses are on Riverside Street on South Side.

Property was donated for the new home, which will be in the last block of Pleasant Street south of Mark Twain Avenue. In addition to labor, volunteers donate building materials, Athman said.

This will be the largest Habitat house built in Hannibal to date, according to Athman. The one-story frame house will have three bedrooms and two baths, and a basement.

He and Tarleton will be scheduling a one-day building blitz later in the spring. This is an opportunity for contractors and construction crews to volunteer their skills on a Saturday. It has been so successful in the past that Hannibal homes have been completed, and the front doors locked.

Anyone interested in volunteering with construction may call Athman at 573-221-0858 or Tarleton at 573-795-8358.

For more information about Habitat call the MTAHFH office at 573-231-4526.

Reach reporter Bev Darr at bev.darr@courierpost.com.