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Professional builders take up hammers for Chatham Habitat

Posted Friday, August 7, 2009

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Pittsboro, NC - When Pulte Homes of Raleigh rallied its employees and vendors to volunteer their time to help build homes for needy families in early July via Chatham Habitat for Humanity, approximately 50 people signed up. Unfazed by temperatures soaring into the 90s, the experienced crew installed tar paper on the roofs, built porches, framed walls, installed roofing shingles, and performed a variety of other tasks on five houses currently under construction in the cozy Chatham Oak community.

In addition to the two workdays, framing contractor David Fortuna of Fortuna Framing Company, who serves on the Pulte Homes Outreach Committee, brought in a crew last May that spent a day framing the walls, roof trusses, and roof sheathing for an entire house.

“We are thrilled to have so many employees participate in helping Habitat for Humanity work toward their worthwhile goal of providing homes to those in need,” said Dustan Leasure, Pulte Homes area construction manager. Though the company has worked with other area Habitat affiliates, this is its first project with Chatham Habitat.

“We view this as the start of a relationship that will continue into the future,” he added. “We found the experience both rewarding and important.”

AmeriCorps member Lauren Burke, who served as a crew leader during the workdays, said, “It has been great to have people out who work in the building industry and who are able to get a lot done very quickly.”

The five homes are part of a mixed-income community that will include eight Habitat homes as well as seven built by a commercial builder for homebuyers who earn a slightly higher income. Chatham Habitat for Humanity is acting as developer on behalf of Chatham County which donated the land for affordable housing.

About Chatham Habitat for Humanity: Since 1989, Chatham Habitat for Humanity has worked to change substandard housing conditions throughout Chatham County by making homeownership possible for nearly 90 families. In the process, Habitat is able to transform lives, improve neighborhoods, and most importantly, give hope and strength to our communities. For more information visit our web site:

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