From Staff ReportsMARBLE FALLS — One of the things holding up work on the next Highland Lakes Habitat for Humanity home for a local family was finding a project manager/leader. That had board members a little concerned because they already had selected the two families for the next two homes.
But after a little looking and asking, Christine Keffeler, the board’s director of communication, said they’ve found the right person for the job.
“With the help of The Picayune, the (local Habitat for Humanity) board has selected a new house leader. Fraser Gorrell, a longtime Central Texas resident, came to (the organization) with a hefty résumè of relevant skills, knowledge, and experience,” she said. “From cost estimating to project management, from home building to commercial endeavors, from conception to completion, Gorrell spent 30-plus years in both private and public sectors before he retired to Kingsland.”
Now, he is coming out of retirement to lead two upcoming projects, the first beginning in about mid-September.
The Rev. George Perry and his wife, Linda, and daughter, Izzy, are the next family to get a Habitat for Humanity home. Though “get” isn’t actually accurate.
Before a family receives their home, they must meet certain financial requirements as well as invest 300 hours of “sweat equity.” The first 150 hours goes into another family’s home before construction even starts on the the recipient’s residence. Then, the family must put in an additional 150 hours on their own home.
The family also has to attend a financial management course.
If a family meets all the necessary requirements, Highland Lakes Habitat for Humanity sells them the home at cost. Along with the cost of the home, the monthly payments include taxes and insurance.
It’s not a free home, officials pointed out.
Between now and mid-September, is when Habitat volunteers will begin building the Perrys’ home, there’s a bit more dirt work that needs to be done as well as site preparation.
Volunteers are always welcome to help at home sites. Highland Lakes Habitat for Humanity always welcomes volunteers to help build homes in the community. No experience is necessary. Go to HLHabitat.com for more info.
“No experience is necessary,” Keffeler said. “If you’ve got the will to work, please come.”
Go to hlhabitat.com for more details and information. The organization is also accepting applications for 2019. Go to the above website for eligibility requirements, applications, and more information.
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