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Sturbridge preps to build Habitat

Organizational meeting set

August 30, 2010
TURBRIDGE — Another informational meeting for the Sturbridge Habitat For Humanity is scheduled to organize volunteers. While residents and neighbors are chomping at the bit to get started, work crews will not actually mobilize on the site until next year.

At a meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 24 temporary chairs of the construction, fundraising, family selection and outreach committees were named, according to Habitat's Greater Worcester Director Harriett S. Lebow. At this next meeting, Lebow said, they will be looking to find permanent chairmen to fill those positions and for people to serve on the different committees over the duration of the project.

"We are trying to fill local leadership roles," Lebow said.

The next Habitat meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23 at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

"That will be a general outreach meeting to really start organizing these committees," Lebow said.

While the organization is not ready to begin putting together work rosters for the Fairview Park Road building project just yet, interested people and organizations "could certainly come and hear about the project and learn about the process."

In the best case scenario, Lebow said the initial groundbreaking and installation of the house's foundation would take place before the winter sets in this year, preparing the site for construction as soon as the weather allows next year.

There is still a lot to do in order to maintain that timeline, though.

"We have to raise money and get our building permits in hand before we break ground," Lebow said.

See Wednesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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