Ashe Habitat continues work on second home

Wil Petty

June 29, 2014

The Ashe County Habitat for Humanity continues work on building a second house for a family in need in the Buffalo Meadows subdivision in the county and the organization needs more volunteers to help.

“We need a continual supply of volunteers,” said Bill Wheeler, president of Ashe Habitat. “Once they try it, they will like it.”

The house is being built for Kathryn Greene and her grandchildren, Richard and Victoria Osborne. The family will be required to pitch in between 200 and 250 hours of on-site building for their house or another house to be eligible.

So far, Wheeler said Habitat for Humanity is about three weeks into the construction. Insulated concrete forms have been poured for the home’s foundation.

In addition, new volunteers have been coming to help and that is helping speed up the building process. Initially it was believed it would take approximately a year to build the house.

“There have been between 16 and 17 volunteers out here the last three weeks,” Wheeler said. “We’re actually moving faster on this house than the last one because of the number of volunteers.”

Volunteers come out to the lot to help build from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday. No experience is needed and Habitat volunteers are willing to teach people what to do.

In addition to volunteers helping build the house, Wheeler said others are needed to provide food, and monetary donations are also accepted.

There will not be work on the house Saturday, July 5 because of the Christmas in July festival, but on Saturday, July 12, plans are to start installation of the floor joists.

For more information on Ashe Habitat or to volunteer call (336) 846-2525 or go online to

Wil Petty can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or on Twitter @WilPetty.