Highland Lakes Habitat for Humanity Seeks Project Manager for Next Two Marble Falls Homes
MARBLE FALLS — Building a house is hard work.
It requires people who know how to use tools and can make precise calculations. It also requires a lot of sweat and physical effort.
The reward of building a house for a family in need, however, outweighs any sore muscles afterward, according to Tom Causgrove, a board member of Highland Lakes Habitat for Humanity.
“Oh, it’s quite rewarding,” he said. “It’s a process that begins with the qualifications of the families. It goes into sweat equity, where partner families will invest their time and construction. Homes are built primarily using volunteer labor. It becomes worthwhile.”
While the local Habitat for Humanity has two families selected for its next houses, it doesn’t have a very important component for getting those homes built: a project manager/leader to guide the next group of volunteer builders.
The right person for the job:
• has strong leadership and solid coaching skills;
• is a team player;
• is familiar with residential construction;
• is available at least two days a week;
• has good written and verbal communication skills;
• is willing to work for no pay;
• has computer skills;
• has home construction experience;
• and has a desire to make a difference in the community.
The local chapter is committed to building two more homes on the corner of Avenue M and Second Street, the first being for the Rev. George Perry and family and the second for Hailey and Stephanie Izell and family.
The houses typically have three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Volunteer laborers keep the costs down. The new homeowners provide 500 hours of sweat equity: 250 hours building another family’s home and 250 hours working on their own home. In exchange, they are given a no-interest mortgage to be paid back to Habitat for Humanity, which uses the money to help build homes for other families.
Once Habitat for Humanity officials work out details with the city of Marble Falls regarding flood plain requirements on the next two homes, crews can start pouring the foundations.
Interested candidates for the project manager job should call Causgrove at (830) 798-5599.
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