Board member, Mike Hill, successfully completed an intensive two-day training class required for each affiliate by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) in January 2017.
This now "Competent Person" is knowledgeable of application standards, is capable of identifying workplace hazards relating to the specific operation, and has the authority to correct them. This certification of completion keeps us in compliance for the next 3 years.
We feel extremely blessed to have people like Mike willing to help out in our local affiliate.
Habitat for Humanity breaks ground on newest home
STAFF WRITER Kinley Hughes Posted on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 7:00 am
Highland Rim Habitat for
Humanity (HRHFH) breaks ground on a new home for Lilian Duck and her family
on Saturday, May 14. Several local volunteers joined Duck in cleaning off the
property, located at 507 E. Moore St. In front from left are son Preston McCarl,
Lilian Duck, HRHFH President Terrie Quick, HRHFH Secretary Fran Lawson and
volunteer Dana Simpson.
On Saturday, May 14, Highland Rim Habitat for Humanity (HRHFH) held a groundbreaking ceremony to officially begin construction on the organization’s newest single-family home.
Volunteers helped to clear the lot of trees and other debris and prepared the earth for the foundation. The new home will be located at 507 E. Moore St. in Tullahoma.
HRHFH was founded in 1991 and encompasses all of Coffee and Franklin counties. The last home built by the organization was on Rotary Drive in Franklin. Rotary Drive consists entirely of Habitat homes. There is a single lot left on the street that will be in development following the completion of the Tullahoma project.
The current home under construction is for Tullahoma resident Lilian Duck and her three young children. Duck was proposed to be the next Habitat homeowner by Jim Carter, director of the
Dossett Chapel Ministry. Carter felt the family deserved better and wanted to help Duck and her children be able to live in an environment that suits the family’s needs, said HRHFH President Terrie Quick.
“One of the therapists at Top Rehab had recommended I apply,” Duck. “She found the application online and printed it off for me, and I filled out the application and was put on the wait list for three years. They only build one house a year.”
Duck had applied for a Habitat home about three years ago and was the first to return after the new year to update her application, as advised by the board of HRHFH.
“We were all very excited,” Duck said of family’s reaction to learning their application had been accepted after such a long wait.
Habitat families work together to complete hours of work on their home and in their communities in a program called Sweat Equity. The program requires families to participate in the ongoing construction of their homes.
As part of their Sweat Equity commitment, families complete a standard set of work hours, or academic hours for the children, which contribute to their selection for a home by Habitat. Additionally, each family member attends classes that cover different aspects of homeownership such as financial management, basic home care and maintenance.
“We do things like pick up trash, which we did on Saturday, and run errands for [HRHFH],” Duck said. “All of the kids’ As and Bs take off hours, too.”
Many do not realize all of the hard work and dedication that goes into earning a Habitat home.
“Some people look at it as we’re just giving them a house. We’re not just giving them a house, they are working for it. It’s not a hand out, it’s a hand up,” said Kelly Smith, treasurer of HRHFH and criminal investigator of the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department.
The two youngest children in the Duck family require special modifications be made to the house due to medical conditions. Habitat is working hard to accommodate their needs, Quick said.
“We’re going to really try to come up with a real handicapped-accessible home with a slab foundation. We are trying to put enough forethought into it that as this little child grows, the home won’t be locked in at a certain size that she is now,” Quick said. “We are looking at everything from the bathrooms to the kitchen to the cabinetries and everything, hoping and praying that this individual will be able to grow and mature to use them.
“Usually we choose from about seven plans. Most Habitat houses are just one bathroom or one and a half, but this one is going to be a two full bathrooms because the other one is going to be completely modified for handicapped.”
Thanks to the efforts of Carter, the standard-issue floor plans are being modified for the Duck family and everything should be accessible to all members of the household.
“The whole house is going to be handicapable. There will be a ramp, all of the doors will be widened, and there will be a handicap bathroom,” said Duck.
Habitat for Humanity strives to ensure that the families who receive Habitat Homes can afford to stay there for the long term.
“We provide them a home that is interest-free. The last house that we built, and this one too, we really tried to keep it under $350 a month or below,” Quick said. “That will include their taxes and their insurance. That’s affordable. Most of them are 20 year notes. You can’t pay rent for $350.”
HRHFH allows the families to be involved in the designing of their homes, and Duck said she has been able to select things like appliances, paint colors and cabinets.
HRHFH is currently looking for volunteers to assist in the building of the Duck family’s home.
“We really like to incorporate as many volunteers as possible. George Dickel Distillery has 25 people lined up to work for us one Saturday in June,” Quick said. “Anything from helping at the office to helping with the build. You don’t have to know anything about building houses to volunteer with Habitat. Just got to have the right heart.
HRHFH meets the fourth Monday of each month at it office at the Henry Center, 201 W. Lincoln St. New faces are always welcome and a background in construction is not necessary.
“Anybody who is interested in Habitat whatsoever, we invite them to come to these monthly meetings,” Quick said. “If you’re interested in being a participant, if you come to two board meetings then you can get an application to be a board member, fill out the application, we’ll vote on you, and chances are you’ll be elected in.”
The Duck family’s home is expected to be finished within the course of the next three to six months, weather permitting. Upon completion, there will be a dedication ceremony in which the family receives the keys to the home and can begin to move in.
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