Habitat for Humanity

July 27, 2014-Habitat Home Dedicated


The John Schmidt family joined local officials and residents as Habitat for Humanity of
Manitowoc County dedicated the new home built along Adams Street in Valders.  A bad winter and other unexpected delays pushed the move-in date back half a year.  The Schmidts exceeded expectations by being patient with the delays and putting in much more work during the build than required.  Also many donors and volunteers have helped get the home finished, along with the contractors.  Finishing touches are needed inside, and the lawn needs to be completed. The family will move into the home later this summer.


Pastor Erica Cunningham, gave the dedication blessing, quoting Proverbs 24:  "By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established:  by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches."  She also read from I John, where Jesus commanded his people to love and serve their neighbors, all fitting sentiments for a Habitat for Humanity home.


 The family was handed the keys to their new home and a Bible to bless their way, to which John Schmidt simply said, "God bless you all.  Thank you."




Habitat for Humanity - Groundbreaking Ceremony – Valders Build

Manitowoc County Habitat for Humanity joined the Schmidt family as they celebrated ground breaking for the construction of their new home. The ceremony was held on Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 447 S. Adams Street in Valders. 




Manitowoc County Habitat for Humanity truly became a county wide organization on Sunday when it brought its shovels to Valders.  A few dozen people gathered on a sunny afternoon to bless the land and kick off the project that will bring the 39th Habitat home to Manitowoc County.  But this one is special because its the first not in the cities of Manitowoc or Two Rivers.


On hand were members of the John Schmidt family, who will buy and live in the home once it is built.  Habitat for Humanity helps people with the financing and coordinates the construction, but the home owners still must handle a mortgage and taxes.  They also agree to work alongside Habitat volunteers in building and finishing the home.  Schmidt grew up in this area and said he is ready to work hard to help get the home built for himself and his children.  The goal is to have the family moved into the home by Christmas.


Volunteers helped with the construction and other work.  Anyone over the age of 16 helped with the building, with many jobs at all skill levels.  Only those over 18 were allowed to use power tools or go onto the roof.  Kids younger than 16 and others who don't wish to help build helped by providing food for workers, running fund raisers or doing special projects for the home.



January 2014 --  Work on the Valders Habitat for Humanity home at 447 S Adams St continues.  Voluteers are mudding, taping and sanding drywall throughout the house.  Once this is completed, volunteers will be painting, installing interior doors and doing finish work.  The last of the siding will be completed and the garage built once the weather warms. 


Work days were Tuesday and Thursday of each week beginning at 8:00 am until 4:00 pm, depending on the type of work to be completed for the day. 


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