Habitat seeking a few good retirees

Published 12:00 am Monday, August 16, 2004

The Suffolk Habitat for Humanity is hoping to recruit some young retirees to donate a few hours each week to work on its 17th home in Suffolk.

&uot;We’re always looking for volunteers,&uot; said Fran Alwood, the group’s project coordinator. &uot;We particularly need some younger people who could work evenings or during the week.

&uot;Our main workers now are at the point that they call themselves the geriatric crew,&uot; she continued. &uot;They are all 65 and older. They are wonderful workers but they don’t have the strength they once had.&uot;


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The group would like to add a plumber and heating-and-air conditioning specialist to its volunteer ranks, Alwood said. Right now, the group pays for that expertise.

&uot;We usually get a good discount,&uot; Alwood said.

The group is still working on the framework of its current project, a two-story home on Smith Street. Volunteers from the Suffolk Fire Department spent Thursday morning standing up the tresses of the roof, Alwood said.

Different church groups are scheduled to work at the site on weekends through the end of September, she said.

To help, call Fran Alwood at 539-5780.