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Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 10:30 am

How many boards does it take to build a Skagit Habitat for Humanity house? On Saturday, Sept. 15, the answer was two.

On that day, the Skagit Habitat and Home Trust of Skagit boards of directors served as the building crew. Home Trust of Skagit was represented by Dave Malsed, Carol Taylor, Cathy Wyman, David Hall, Elinor Nakis, Jim Duffield, Lynn Christofersen and Wendie Granberg. Skagit Habitat for Humanity members were Teresa Pugh, Manny Gomez, Chuck Hoover, Ruth Turner, Carol Hagen, Merv Thompson, Debbie Allen, Kerry Scott, Dan Wayman, Mary Ann Lowell, Brenda Sem and Dawn New.

SHFH and HTS are partners in building at least five homes in the Channel Cove development (formerly known as Southfield) in La Conner. HTS owns the land in trust and Habitat is building the homes for qualified partner families. This is the first partnership of this kind for both agencies, and it is working well.

The idea of having board members work on the houses was an attempt to gain greater understanding of the other’s organization, and it was a resounding success. The majority of each board, plus each organization’s executive director, worked from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on a variety of tasks — pounding lots of nails, moving and cutting lumber, and general clean up.

Ruth Turner, the Habitat Family Support Committee chair, organized a potluck lunch to feed the hungry crew. The lunch break provided another opportunity to interact with other committed volunteers.

In addition to the directors, members of the Habitat Partner Families were present and working. Both families are busy as they contribute their 500 hours of “sweat equity” on what will be their own homes.

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