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Habitat for Humanity finishing 31st house
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Lacy Garrison photo Bridgestone HR manager Josh Flood is on a roll while painting a wall. The quality of this home is definitely good and there are no corners cut, said Flood. Our Bridgestone team that has been out here we want it to be as good as it can be.

While it seems like Habitat for Humanity just celebrated its 30th home dedication, another home has recently been erected on 109 King Street.

With the help of Bridgestone, Habitat is working to finish its 31st home between Scottish Inns and the Three Star Mall.

“This is the fourth house Bridgestone has helped us build,” said Habitat board member Todd Herzog. “They did one in 2006, 2010, 2014 and now this one.”

With a 12-week building plan and over 100 volunteers working from 5 a.m. till around 7 p.m., the dedication ceremony is scheduled for this Monday, July 30.

Soon-to-be homeowner Leslie Caldwell is looking forward to owning her first home and has enjoyed being a part of the building process. She said her three kids are excited too.

“Helping build it was cool because I didn’t know all the things that go into putting a house together,” said Caldwell. “I really feel God put the right people in my life to give me this chance.”

Habitat for Humanity homes are not free. The owners are required to pay for materials at cost. The labor is donated by a coalition of volunteer groups and businesses.

According to Bridgestone plant manager Tamara Martensen, the most challenging part of this building project has been the heat.

“Last Saturday was raise-the-walls day and it was one of the hottest days of the year,” said Martensen. “Putting up the walls and roof is probably the toughest labor of it, but the team we had out here was great.”

Bridgestone HR manager Josh Flood said some people may be prevented from volunteering because they’re worried about certain organizations or where their effort really goes, which is an understandable concern.

“The Habitat organization and the team here in Warren County is top notch,” said Flood. “It is very important to them that they’re giving homes to the right families and they do a lot to solicit volunteer participation to make sure everything comes together and even though we’re providing the labor, there are many other organizations providing lunches and other materials.”

Added Martensen, “You really don’t’ need to know how to do any of the house building tasks to be a help and there is always something to do and you learn a lot.”