Friday, July 20, 2001

PTC United Methodist, other churches help build Habitat home in Clayton


Building a home in Clayton County for a needy family has been a labor of love for members of Peachtree City United Methodist Church this week.

Working through Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity, construction will end Saturday with the completion of the house, which also features a garage and a patio deck. This is the church's fourth Habitat home, and this year they have received assistance from other Peachtree City churches such as Holly Grove AME and St. Andrew's in the Pines along with Riverdale Christian Church.

The home will be the first built in a new subdivision of Habitat homes called Faith Park. It is being built for Erica Varner and her sons, Christopher and Timothy.

Although this is the church's first Habitat home with a garage and some brickwork, the project was ahead of schedule late Wednesday, organizers said.

"The Lord has really blessed us with this project this year," said Mark Creviston, who oversees the construction crews.

Kim Detwiler, co-chair of missions for the church, said it has been nice having help from other churches, making the effort interdenominational.

A number of Peachtree City and Fayetteville restaurants have provided meals for the work crews, which have numbered between 50 and 60 people a day, said church member Kevin McCormick.

Other businesses have donated materials or labor, such as Pur-A-Tech, which donated an air filtration system to help the children, who suffer from asthma, Detwiler said.

"The wonderful thing is seeing the teenagers who come out here and work their tails off," Creviston said. "They've put insulation under the house," he said, adding that their work nailing on the roof was instrumental in keeping the project ahead of schedule.

Crews have worked from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily on the house.

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