Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity of the North Shore purchased the house at 18 Crombie St in January of 2004. MeetingHouse volunteers have come together with others from Salem and the surrounding area on different Saturday mornings to begin renovating the house for the new family. In the fall of 2004 the crew began removing the old siding.
During the winter months work moved inside, although the temperature was the same inside as outside. The old horsehair plaster walls and ceilings needed to be completely ripped out. On occassion the work was capped with lunch at a local restaurant despite being covered with dirt!
In the spring and summer of 2005 alot of progress was made. The Habitat Wednesday crew began the clapboard siding and finished in November. The Saturday crews have painted the house with the first coat and continue to make progress on the interior. Plumbing has recently been installed and the electric is almost finished. In the winter insulation was installed and crews began to put up drywall.
In 2006 the clapboard siding was finished, the drywall was finished, and volunteers have begun putting on the finishing touches inside by painting and staining some of the woodwork.
The cornerstone of Habit-for-Humanity is the participation of volunteers from the community. The leaders rely upon people from the neighborhoods to take the initiative in providing the volunteers. This is not “Extreme Home Makeover” in which the professionals come in and in grand fashion turn an old heap into a mansion. The project moves as fast or slow as the volunteer’s participation. This is a great opportunity to provide a family with affordable housing, contribute to the city and to meet people in Salem.
To get involved contact Matt Kaminski via phone (978.745.1948) or email.
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