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Habitat for Humanity to build in Jonesborough

In three months or less one local family will be in a new home, a house that was built especially for them by members of the Jonesborough community.
“We plan to start building this house by August 1,” said Laura Swanson, executive director of the area Habitat for Humanity organization. “On average, it takes about 10 to 12 weeks to finish and it takes about 3,500 to 4,000 volunteer hours to build a house.”
While the organization has built in Jonesborough before, it has been several years since the last home was finished.
“Finding land in Jonesborough is a challenge,” Swanson said. “But we were able to get a piece of property on Bacon Branch Road, where this house will be built.”
The family of six has already been selected for the home. Final approval for the project from the organization is expected at the end of this month.
Meanwhile, volunteer meetings have been taking place to gather enough people to take part. Swanson said she was pleased to see a strong showing of community support for the project.
“We had one of the largest first meetings that we’ve ever had for a community build,” she said. “A lot of people are doing this for the first time. It’s great.”
The group is still looking for more volunteers, including area restaurants and churches that might want to contribute food and beverages during the process. For more information about the Habitat for Humanity project, contact Swanson at 239-7689.