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Perry County Habitat for Humanity and the Tell City-Troy Township School Corp.'s building trades program have formed a collaborative partnership over the past school year. Supporters point to the benefits for everyone: students, the community and a partner family who will move into the new house later this year.
The house is currently under construction in the 1000 block of 11th Street in Tell City and marks the 12th home to be built by Perry County Habitat. This is the first time the school's building trades class has taken on the lead role of building a house with Habitat, local Habitat Executive Director Sue Denoncour said.
In the past, students in heating, ventilation and air-conditioning classes have worked with Habitat on several homes.
Due to the economic conditions in the county, the school was reluctant to build a speculative home to sell so they decided to join with Habitat on this project.
"This is a good partnership. With Habitat providing the funds for materials, the school can offer this class again this year and continue teaching building-trade skills to 20 students, and at the same time provide a community service," classroom instructor Nick Rice said.
Students wrapped up their work on the home last month and Habitat volunteers are finishing the work.
Habitat purchased and supplied the materials as well as the land for the house. The Schergens Foundation has provided a grant that covers about half of the material cost and Habitat is attempting to raise the remaining funds, Denoncour said.
"This is a great opportunity for our community, however, it has stretched our resources," she said. "Normally we build one house a year, but this year we're building two. We had already started our first house when the school corporation approached us and we accepted the school project on the faith that we would be able to raise the funds.
"With the generosity of the Schergens Foundation we've come a long way, however we need to raise more funds to successfully complete both houses under construction," Denoncour continued. "We know times are very difficult for many people, including our partner families, but we're asking if anyone can make a donation of cash or materials toward this project to please contact us and we'll be happy to discuss our needs.
"We also want to take this opportunity to express our deepest appreciation for the generosity of the Perry County community in supporting all of the homes that have been built by volunteers since 1997," the group's director added.
For more information on Habitat for Humanity of Perry County, or to make a donation, contact Denoncour at 547-4805 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.