The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

October 10, 2013

Central Reformed Church helps Habitat for Humanity

OSKALOOSA — Volunteers from the Central Reformed Church gathered in the church parking lot Saturday morning to help a family in need of a new home.

About 50 church members gathered in two shifts in the church parking lot to frame walls for the newest Habitat for Humanity home in Oskaloosa.

"My goodness, thank you for the weather," Central Reformed Church Director of Outreach Andy Baker said as the volunteers gathered first thing Saturday.

"This is awesome that you're doing this in your parking lot," Mahaska County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Valinn McReynolds told the crowd.

"We'll have close to 50 people throughout the day," Baker said. "We're prefabing all the walls for the house."

Baker said later in the month, church members will frame up the home.

Once the volunteers have constructed all the walls, a trucking company will pick them up and transport them to a barn for storage and later use, he said.

Baker said the church's work for Habitat for Humanity fits into its mission.

"We're in the transformation business," he said. "What a great way to transform a life by building a home for someone who can't."

Church members have experience in home construction, Baker said.

"We as a church went down to Kentucky in February of 2013 and framed a house," he said. 

The church youth group also built a home in Guatemala, and later this year, church members will travel to West, Texas, to frame another home that had been damaged in a factory explosion, he said.

The next Habitat for Humanity home will be built at 1004 Mable St., next to a Habitat Home built two years ago, McReynolds said.

"It's going to look like the one we built two years ago," she added.

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