Habitat for Humanity arrives in Blaine

Published on Thu, Jun 5, 2003 by Rebecca Schwarz Kopf

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Habitat for Humanity arrives in Blaine

By Rebecca Schwarz Kopf

More than 50 people attended a lot dedication held last Saturday at 940 Cedar Street in Blaine, the site of the first Habitat for Humanity home to be built in the local area.

�The dedication went wonderfully,� said Terry Mattson, director of Whatcom County Habitat for Humanity, adding the lot was a generous donation by the woman who owned the lot. �We had a great turnout.� Among those at the dedication were the recipients of the home: Mark and Debbie Heinzer, 10-year-old Alysha and 11-month old twins Anthony and Rachel.

Work on the home will start next Saturday, June 14, and volunteers are encouraged to come out, especially the younger crowd. �We would love it if kids between 14 and 18 came out and volunteered,� said Blake Kent, of Habitat for Humanity. �The second work party, the blitz build, will be on Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21.� The first wall to be raised on the home will occur at the blitz-build, when much of the building will occur.

The three-bedroom, 1,048 square-foot home is scheduled to be completed early next fall. The Heinzers will also help in the building process, as they are required through Habitat to perform 500 hours of service on their home.

�We really need volunteers and help,� Mattson said. �An electrician, a plumber, we�re even looking for meals. Maybe a church or a club could help with meals.�

With this first local home in the works, the Habitat staff is already looking ahead to the second. �We�re looking for another lot to be donated in Blaine,� he said. �The mayor said he wants to keep Habitat for Humanity in Blaine.�

The Heinzer family could not be reached as of press time.

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