Habitat for Humanity begins work

1920’s Warren house being rehabilitated

WARREN — Volunteers with Habitat for Humanity of Mahoning Valley are rebuilding a home at 212 Willard Avenue NE in Warren.

Michael Ondrey, construction manager with Habitat, said this is the first house in Trumbull County the organization has worked on since the merging of the Trumbull and Mahoning county Habitat for Humanities in 2016. The merger came because Trumbull had only a limited volunteer, Ondrey said.

A kickoff for the project was held in January.

Ondrey said no homeowner is in place yet to take the house. When a homeowner is selected, that person will help do the work.

The house was acquired through the Trumbull County Land Bank and Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership. The house was vacant for five years.

The two-story, three-bedroom home was built in the mid-1920s. Volunteers are upgrading the plumbing and electric, installing insulation, working on exterior walls and mechanical systems, and replacing drywall and windows.

In addition to Habitat volunteers, the home is also being worked on by Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership and members of Howland United Methodist Church.

”Volunteers are welcome from both counties if they want to help,” Ondrey said. Volunteers work 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays.

”If there are large groups who want to help on another work day they can contact us” at the office, 330-743-7244, Ext. 304, Ondrey said.

Work should be completed by summer.

Volunteer Tanzi Turkali of Mineral Ridge said she is retired and was looking for something to do that was a social activity. She helped do work at a veteran’s home in Mahoning County last year.

“I have learned so much and have had so much fun. There is a great core group. You learn how to use different types of tools which is rewarding and beneficial,” she said.

Leah Sakacs, AmeriCorps volunteer coordinator, said churches, schools, colleges and community organizations have helped.

”We appreciate any help and assistance from whomever wants to be part,” she said.

Ondrey said Westminster University had individuals help over one weekend, and area residents volunteered for a Day of Service on Martin Luther King Day, he said.

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