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Habitat for Humanity of Wausau Dedicates Fifty-first Home

Habitat For Humanity WausauHabitat for Humanity of Wausau Dedicates Fifty-first Home: Habitat for Humanity of Wausau will host its fifty-first home dedication, the second this summer, on Sunday, August 22, 2010 at 7812 Volkman Street in Rothschild.

The traditional dedication ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. as Habitat for Humanity volunteers join the family to celebrate the completion of another home and the transfer of the mortgage. Special guest, Ron Foreman, principal of the Rothschild Elementary School will welcome the children to his school and will present each one with a small gift. The house will be open for inspection and visitation at 12:30 p.m. on Dedication Day. The community is welcome to attend.

The 1,458 square foot, ranch style house with four bedrooms and two bathrooms, was partially built by 18 DC Everest students under the direction of teacher Chad Pernsteiner as part of the students’ 2009/2010 technology education class. Everest students gained many construction skills as they framed the house from floor joists to rafters.

The house was moved from DC Everest to its current location on May 14, 2010 and set on a foundation that includes a full basement; a one car garage was built at the site by the students after then house was set.

Habitat partner families are required to invest 300 hours of “sweat equity” as part of their purchase agreement – a minimum of 150 of the required hours must be put in at the construction site. The partner family for this house helped to clear the lot of trees and shrubs; helped to rake and seed the entire yard; and helped to do finish trim work. This work along with an additional 150 hours of community service satisfied their required time commitment, making the family eligible to assume the mortgage of their home.

“It is rewarding providing a home for a family that works hard and needs help,” said Ark Rhowmine, president of Habitat for Humanity of Wausau. “Whether volunteers help plant grass, drive nails or are students from the local school system, everyone feels the same satisfaction when a home is dedicated.”

Though the poor economy makes funding a challenge, Habitat Humanity of Wausau is already making plans to build the 53rd Habitat home. Since the high school partnership has been suspended for the coming school year, the next house will probably be built on site.

Before construction begins, Habitat for Humanity of Wausau has several important tasks to complete related to the home 53. First, HFH of Wausau must choose a recipient family who presently resides in substandard housing, but has the financial ability to pay the property taxes and the monthly, zero interest mortgage payments. Once the family is located, HFH of Wausau will begin designing the home and finding a suitable building lot the fits the house plan.

Donations for this home are already being accepted. Many companies have come forward to make house 53 a reality: a millwork company has offered to provide all of the windows; County Materials will 25 yards of concrete needed for the foundation; and grants are available to help pay for some of the framing lumber.

Habitat for Humanity of Wausau’s work is not done – there are many families in the area that still need help. Habitat for Humanity of Wausau operates under the auspices of Habitat for Humanity International. The organization is committed to helping families in the area who face challenging life circumstances own their own homes. Families are awarded homes after undergoing a stringent screening process for eligibility and the ability to service the mortgage.

Habitat for Humanity is thankful for its many volunteers who come forward to make homes a reality for area families. We thank the entire community and our many vendor partners for their continued support.

To learn more about Habitat for Humanity of Wausau, to volunteer, to make a donation, or to complete a home application, please contact Jackie at the Habitat for Humanity office at 715.848.5042 or email her at


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