The latest theft came at night at a site where workers are pushing to complete finishing touches on a home to be dedicated June 12. Thieves broke into the home, taking materials and tools including a wet saw valued at nearly $800 that was on loan from one of the Habitat volunteers.
“Something like this can push us back. In this particular house, the wet saw was the most important piece of equipment because we were working on counter tops. Obviously, we couldn’t wait, so we had to buy another saw. We decided to eat the cost and buy it, instead of delaying.”
The local chapter of the international nonprofit has constructed 77 homes in Acadiana since its inception, but summer months make it harder for Habitat to finish a home in its 16-week cycle because of a lack of volunteers willing to face the heat. Saturdays in the spring and fall bring about 30 volunteers, an optimal number for the workload.
Volunteers need not have any construction experience. (Thanks to Habitat, I can now say I’ve laid shingles on a roof. It’s more fun than it sounds.)
Read more on the theft here.
For more info on how you can help the local chapter by volunteering or donating, call 261-5041 or visit Lafayette Habitat's website.