Habitat will host Blitz Build


The Alabama Power Service Organization (APSO) will frame House #46 in a one-day blitz build for Gadsden-Etowah Habitat for Humanity on Friday, September 26 beginning at 7 a.m. The four-bedroom, two-bath house is located at 300 Summit Avenue and is the future home of Robert and Jessica McArthur and their five children. 

The floor system was completed last week by the Gadsden State Community College carpentry class under the direction of Heath McDaniel in preparation for this week’s blitz build.

B.D. Welch Construction employees will lay out the house on Wednesday for a quick start on Friday. Jerry Mills, senior marketing specialist with Alabama Power Co., is coordinating the APSO volunteers for blitz build on Friday morning. Mills says he expects there to be at least 40 volunteers throughout the morning with more APSO volunteers rotating in during the afternoon. Steve Scharfenberg, Construction Coordinator for G-E HFH, is coordinating the building materials.

The APSO volunteers will enjoy biscuits and donuts donated by McDonald’s and Cothran’s Bakery along with coffee and juice served by Habitat for Humanity volunteers. Lunch will be prepared “on the grounds” by several APSO volunteers.

This house is sponsored by funds raised from the Habitat Dragon Boat Festival and a Wells Fargo Grant.

“It’s always an exciting event to watch,” says Suzanne Scharfenberg, President of Gadsden-Etowah Habitat for Humanity. “You can feel the loving community spirit as many wonderful people come together to bless a family with a new home.” 

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