Habitat for Humanity turns teacher into student

During the week, Christie Brewer is an educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension, teaching life skills and nutrition to county residents. But on Saturday, she became the student as Menzo Case, president of the board of Habitat for Humanity of Seneca County, showed her how to hold and swing a hammer. At first, she had to choke up on the handle to get the nail to go into the board, but soon she was driving nails with a hefty swing. And then she received another lesson – how to remove a nail that didn’t go in straight.Educator as student – Christie Brewer learned to swing a hammer at Habitat build on Saturday.It was all part of the fun and learning as scores of volunteers turned out to help Habitat work on its newest project, building a new home at 30 Chestnut Street. The three-bedroom, handicapped accessible house will be home for Mike Teufel and his wife, Leeanne Dutcher-Teufel and their two boys.Cooperative Extension educator Christie Brewer chokes up on the hammer as she and future homeowner Leeanne Dutcher-Teufel learn construction skills at latest Habitat build, 30 Chestnut St.”I read about the project in the paper, and I thought it would be a great opportunity to get out in the community and meet people,” said Brewer, who recently joined the Cooperative Extension staff. “I enjoy learning new things and helping out.” Construction chair Bryan McIntyre said work on the house is “moving right along.” He said he hopes to be able to start putting up the roof trusses this week, but that will depend on whether enough volunteers turn out. Teams are needed to carry and lift the trusses into place, he explained.Outside walls went up at Habitat’s newest project, at 30 Chestnut Street, Seneca Falls. Construction chair Bryan MacIntyre and NYCC student Connor Robertson set the first wall.Volunteers are needed on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 7 pm and Saturday from 7:45 am to 3:30 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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