NORWAY, Mich. (WZMQ) – Habitat for Humanity Menominee River broke ground on a new house in Dickinson County approximately six weeks ago, and today marked the second day of volunteer work on the build. The project has attracted the attention of thirty-six dedicated volunteers from a church located downstate, who made the trip to the Upper Peninsula to lend a helping hand. Their main task for the day was raising trusses at the site.
The volunteers, hailing from the First Presbyterian Church in Hastings, have come together to assist Habitat in constructing a home that is specifically designed with accessibility in mind. This year’s project is particularly special, as the family they are helping has a son who relies on a wheelchair for mobility. This presents a unique opportunity for the volunteers to contribute in a different way.
“Usually on day two, we’re putting up walls. The family that we’re helping out this year has a son in a wheelchair. So, it’s an opportunity for us to do something a little bit different,” explained Brandon Johnson, the Youth Director of the First Presbyterian Church.
The volunteers will continue their hard work on the exterior of the house, with plans to begin the drywall installation in the upcoming fall season. The dedication ceremony for the completed home is expected to take place in the spring, once the family is able to move in and settle into their new accessible living space.