Help wanted for Seneca Co. Habitat for Humanity

Help Wanted! That’s the word from Habitat for Humanity of Seneca County as they begin their latest new construction project at 32 Chestnut Street.Last weekend volunteers set the floor joists and all is ready to raise the outside walls. That means “all hands on deck.” “We will need lots of volunteers to get those walls up,” said volunteer coordinator Sue Case. “Many hands make the work go smoothly.”Brian MacIIntyre, construction chair for Habitat for Humanity Seneca County, checks floor joists with Connor Robertson of Toronto, a student at New York Chiropractic College.The work is fun, said Connor Robertson of Toronto, student at New York Chiropractic College. Connor first heard about project from kids at school, and has previously worked at Miller Street and Wycliffe builds.”I used to be a carpenter, but gave it up to become a chiropractor because it has better pay, hours, Robertson said. “But I like building, starting from the bottom up. This is my first new build for Habitat.”Caleb Steiger of Auburn, Alabama cousins of Racquel Case, came up last year for a week or so, helped with a project, got the bug, and came back to help out before starting college. ‘Helping people makes me feel better,” he explained.Habitat Board President Menzo Case said the house on Chestnut Street will be a three-bedroom, fully handicapped accessible home for Mike Teufel and his wife, Amanda and their two boys, age 3 and 9. Teufel, who has muscular dystrophy and uses a prosthetic leg, said he has been in an out of a wheelchair for the past seven to eight years. An addictions counselor, Teufel said he is excited that his new home will be handicapped accessible. Volunteers are needed on Saturday from 7:45 am to 3:30 pm and Saturday from 8 am to 4 pm. It is preferred, but not required that volunteers notify Habitat in advance, especially if a group is coming. For more information about volunteering or making a donation, contact Habitat for Humanity at volunteer@habitatseneca.org.Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with people in need to build homes or renovate existing homes to create decent, affordable housing. The houses then are sold to those in need at no profit and with no interest charged. Mortgage payments received by the affiliate are used to build more homes. Habitat for Humanity of Seneca County, NY, is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built, rehabilitated, repaired or improved more than 400,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 2 million people.

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