Habitat for Humanity has 1-day blitz build in Hannibal

Mark Twain Area Habitat for Humanity construction volunteers at the April 27 blitz build are joined by the future homeowner, Shelby Snow, left.
By Bev Darr, Hannibal Courier-Post Reporter
Posted: Apr. 29, 2019 8:26 pm

The construction volunteers who arrived at 1721 Rackliffe in Hannibal at 7 a.m. Saturday, April 27, ignored the light rain as they began their one-day blitz build with the Mark Twain Area Habitat for Humanity.

After the rain ended and they had sunshine during the afternoon, they continued to work on the latest Habitat home.

"Chris Doyle spearheaded today's effort," said Habitat President Brad Kurz. The workers included Habitat's construction committee members Tom Rupp, Tom Lennon, Buddy Tarleton and Wayne Harbourn.

Numerous construction professionals help at each blitz build, along with Habitat board members.

"We started at 7 this morning and worked through the light rain," Kurz said. "It never rained hard enough to totally interrupt us. We just had to be careful.

"We are making good progress," Kurz continued. "Our main goal was setting the trusses, and we got the interior walls done."

The one-story house has a storage room and storm shelter in the basement.

The house will be the home of Shelby Snow and her daughter, Nevah, Kurz said. "Nevah is a student at Mark Twain Elementary School, and is excited to be a couple blocks from the school," when she and her mother move into their new home.

"We will finish it this fall," Kurz said.

"One of the requirements of home owners is to put in several hundred hours of sweat equity on their home," Kurz said. "She has done this since the beginning. She was working right along with the guys.

"She's been a great partner," he said. "She jumps in with the construction. She has been as able as any homeowner we have had, as far as helping with the construction process, so that has been a lot of fun."

The site was formerly part of the Genesis Bible Church property. "We appreciate the generosity of Genesis Bible Church in helping us acquire the lot," Kurz said.

The workers appreciated the meals and refreshments provided Saturday by the realtors' association, Kurz said.

Additional construction volunteers are always welcome, he said. "If anybody is interested in volunteering, they may contact Harbourn at Harbourn is organizing volunteers."

The local Habitat has two main annual fundraisers. A four-person scramble golf tournament scheduled Friday, May 17, at the Hannibal Country Club. Tee time will be 8 a.m. or 1 p.m. For details call Trey Hall, MTAHFH vice president, at 573-406-7433.

The second fundraiser is a spaghetti dinner in the fall.


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