Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Follow a Habitat rehab online

Crossroads Community Church is partnering with Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity to rehabilitate a Northside home, and you can follow it all online.

The website chronicles the rebirth of the late 1880s house at 4222 Kirby Road through narratives, photos and video, and renderings and models.

Rehabiliation of the structure will include all new mechanicals, siding, roof and walls, and a new two-story addition will replace a poorly-built one-story addition that volunteers have razed.

Volunteers have been working on the rehabilitation for the past six weekends.

Last weekend, they removed the entire roof and began framing a new roof and the second-floor outside walls, and, within the next couple of weeks, the foundation for the addition will be poured.

The partner family on the project is Austino Lewis, Kama Quaye, and their 10-year-old son Jeffrey.

Before arriving in Cincinnati, the family spent 15 years in a refugee camp in Ghana after escaping Liberia's bloody civil war.

Lewis, a journalist by trade, provides care for disabled adults through his work with CORE, while Quaye works at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

Photo credit: Crossroads Community Church