Durborn said the center is facing months of delays waiting for grants that would have covered the cost of the project. While I was waiting for the grant, I was able to get some work done, but the grant never arrived. Meanwhile, other volunteer efforts, such as the foam insulation event held on Friday and Saturday, took about three weeks to come together.
Durborn expects the city to inspect the insulation in the coming days and other volunteers to install drywall, install cabinets and furnish the homes before the final inspection. He said he is doing so.
“Once this is done, we’re actually expecting it to be about eight to 10 weeks. So that’s when they decided to move in on Thanksgiving,” he smiled. “It’s almost there. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. It was a process.”
The house is just under 150 square feet, with space for a futon, sofa, bathroom, and sink. The home will be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
To qualify, he said, veterans must be honorably discharged and agree to several rules, including no parties and an obligation to pay about $200 a month. The monthly fee is placed in an escrow account and will be refunded if you decide to leave the village.
Once the 25 housing units are completed, construction will begin on the second phase, which will include eight duplexes for homeless veterans and a 40-foot-by-40-foot resource center, Durborn said. The resource center includes a kitchen, laundry, office and day room.
He then pointed to the back corner of the property, shaded by an old oak tree, and said there would be an area for swings, chairs and a fire pit.
Kathryn Chaney leaned in between volunteering and welcoming people to listen to Duerborn say that the target move-in date would be around Thanksgiving.
“We’re here. We’re saying the words. It’s going to be a party,” she said, flicking the insulation on her cheek.
She estimated the foam insulation community donated about $25,000 in supplies and labor for Friday and Saturday’s work. Volunteers are from the Carolinas, Virginia, Alabama, Georgia, Wisconsin, Connecticut and Canada.