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Lakes Area Interfaith Caregivers partners with Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity to complete a house before winter

Web posted December 5, 2017
Tim McCarthy, founder of Lakes Area Interfaith Caregivers and current construction manager, was driving home on a recent afternoon this fall. Tim and his crew had just completed building some steps on the home of a 94-year-old woman. Tim was feeling grateful that this project had been completed before the winter weather set in.

During his drive home, Tim received a call from Colleen Palony, volunteer coordinator for Lakes Area Interfaith Caregivers (LAIC). Colleen had a request from Kevin Pelkey, director of Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity. Habitat had nearly completed a home in the Brainerd area, but their cement man could not finish the front step, the front sidewalk, the back deck, nor the back ramp before the winter season. The person planning to move in to this particular house was in a wheelchair, and would be unable to occupy the house until the house was handicap accessible.

After receiving this request for help, Tim took a detour to Brainerd to look at the Habitat for Humanity project, wondering if LAIC would be able to help.

The very next day, Tim along with his crew of volunteers from LAIC, showed up at the Habitat house and built a 12-foot ramp on the back deck. The weather got colder, so the following week the crew returned to install a ramp on the front deck as well as a 40-foot wooden sidewalk. This project was completed in the mud, since two inches of snow had fallen in the interim, making the project very messy.

Upon completion of this project, LAIC received the following words of gratitude from Kevin Pelkey at Habitat for Humanity. “I cannot express enough thanks. There just aren’t words for saying how much I appreciate what you and your crew did to make this house accessible for Paul. It looks fantastic and will serve Paul well for years to come.”

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