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Habitat for Humanity

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York Habitat for Humanity still needs volunteers, in-kind donations and monetary donations to be able to build a new home for a family in York County. For more information on how you can help, visit yorkhabitat.org. Don’t worry, you don’t need any construction experience to be a part of the build, the crew with Habitat can teach you whatever you need to know!

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It’s the day a local family has been waiting for.
The Hanline’s moved into their specially constructed Habitat home in York County on Saturday.
Before they received their keys, they, along with community members and Habitat for Humanity workers and volunteers gathered at the Goodwill Fire Company in Jacobus to celebrate the achievement.
Habitat for Humanity began building the home along Meadow Street in Jacobus in September 2013 for Laurie Hanline and her two sons, Jacob and Allen.
Allen is physically and mentally disabled and the new home will give him more space to move around in his walker.
“This is going to change my grandson’s life. He is going to be able to get in his walker and walk around because they made it handicapped accessible,” says Christine Heinrich, the boys’ Grandmother.
New homeowner Laurie Hanline says, “To see him be able to be independent and go wherever he wants to go in the house is really what this whole thing is about. This is the day we have been waiting for, for a long time, so it’s very exciting.”
The building project was completely funded by donations from local businesses, churches, and people in the community.

A York County family is counting down the days until the can move into their new home.  The home will meet the needs of one of their sons who is handicap and will help other family members provide better care.

Last year, on a damp October morning, we visited the grounds of the Hanline home, in Jacobus.  Workers were putting up the foundation.  Now, the walls are up and the windows are in.

Laurie Hanline and her sons Jacob and Allen are proud of their home.  Laurie says, “I can actually see into the boys rooms from here.”

The home’s not quite ready to move in, but anticipation’s growing.

Jacob Hanline, 12, says, “I’m just really excited about this house and I’m also excited Allen’s going to be able to walk around.”

Jacob wants his brother Allen, 13, to have a comfortable space.  Allen has cerebral palsy.  Mom Laurie says unlike their current home in Red Lion, the home in Jacobus is suitable to meet their needs.

Laurie says, “For the boys to have this kind of security in a community that wants them here for Allen to be able to walk around in his walker in a house where he can go anywhere he wants to go, it’s amazing.”

Plus, Laurie’s mom will live upstairs and allow time for Laurie to finish school at York College. It’s a unique project for York Habitat for Humanity.

Debbie Krout-Althoff is the York Habitat for Humanity executive director.  She says, “This is the first of its kind, especially with the in-law quarters upstairs, so the care provider is right here and it’s been such a wonderful project here in the Jacobus community.”

Laurie adds, “It’s come together and it’s amazing to see it go from being framing to full-blown house with walls and windows and doors and ready for us to move in.”

Move in day is scheduled for March 29th, but the Hanline’s are facing one major problem.  They are short $5,000.  The needs the funds to finish the home by the end of the month.

If you’d like to help, contact York Habitat for Humanity.

Two days of heavy rain across Central Pennsylvania caused a lot of disruptions, but one thing it didn’t stop was the York Habitat for Humanity Build Blitz in York County.

Instead of spending the day inside her warm, dry home, stay-at-home mom Stephanie Weber chose to pick up a hammer and join other habitat volunteers at a build blitz on Meadow Street in Jacobus.

“My kids are both in school, so I decided to come out and make a difference and help people,” she said.

The steady rain, very heavy at times, left volunteers soaked and muddy, but more determined than ever.

“The rain just is continuous today,” said Debbie Krout-Althoff, York Habitat’s executive director. “It was hard to get excited to come out here after being in the rain all day yesterday, but we do it for the family and for the volunteers.”

Lori Hanline’s family will move into the home once it’s finished. She joined the volunteers helping to bring up the walls of her home.

“It’s incredible. A lot of the people are straight from the neighborhood that want to come out and be supportive and help out,” Hanline said. “They want to see this get done.”

Once finished, the house will be wheelchair accessible for Hanline’s 13-year-old son Allen, who is physically and mentally disabled.

For volunteers like Weber, knowing they’re helping a family in need is all the motivation they need, rain or shine.

“It just feels so right to be here and really, to help her,” Weber said.

York Habitat for Humanity is always looking for volunteers to help with builds in the community. To find out how to get involved, visit its website here.

Laurie Hanline’s wish is coming true.  Over a year ago, she applied for a new home with York Habitat For Humanity.  Right before her eyes, construction is underway, one hammer at a time.

Laurie says, “Seeing the walls go up, you can see where the windows will be, the doorways, it’s incredible because it comes together.”

Even more special, the home accommodates Laurie’s handicapped son, Allen.

Laurie says, “My son can’t use the equipment he as to be able to walk around.  He has Cerebral Palsy and he needs extra help to get up and walk and his legs, build those muscles up.”>>

York Habitat Associate Director, Miles Fishel, says, “To be off the ground and mobile, turning that first corner in his home, his walker and knowing we had a small hand in making that happen for the family.”

Fishel says this is the second handicapped accessible home the organization’s built in the area.

Laurie says, “Something I wouldn’t be able to do on my own for him and to see the people that care to come together for my family, to help me give him what he needs.”

In March, the home will be ready to move in.

Construction is underway for a Habitat for Humanity home in York – throughout this week, over 100 members of the community will unite in building a handicapped-accessible home.

 

habitat for humanityThe York Habitat for Humanity‘s “Women Build” program is just one week away from their latest construction project. Next week, group members will be putting together a handicap accessible home for a local family, but they still need funding and supplies!
This morning, Debbie Krout-Althoff joined us to talk about next week’s project and Ted Sobocienski stopped by to show us how to test and replace a faulty light switch.

habitat for humanityThe York Habitat for Humanity‘s “Women Build” program is just one week away from their latest construction project. Next week, group members will be putting together a handicap accessible home for a local family, but they still need funding and supplies!
This morning, Debbie Krout-Althoff joined us to talk about next week’s project and Ted Sobocienski stopped by to show us how to hang things on the wall and showed us what everyone should have in their tool bags.

The York Habitat for Humanity‘s “Women Build” program is just one week away from their latest construction project. Next week, group members will be putting together a handicap accessible home for a local family, but they still need funding and supplies!
This morning, Miles Fishel joined us to talk about next week’s project and Ted Sobocienski stopped by to show us how to patch dents and holes in drywall.

 

habitat logoThe York Habitat for Humanity‘s “Women Build” program is just one week away from their latest construction project. Next week, group members will be putting together a handicap accessible home for a local family, but they still need funding and supplies!
This morning, Miles Fishel joined us to talk about next week’s project and how you can help.

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