Habitat for Humanity has a goal of 20 homes by 2020

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Carol Wagner Leader correspondent


Photo by Carol Wagner Dr. Kevin Culhane, left, president of the board of Habitat for Humanity, and Mark Flunker, executive director and site supervisor, stand in the 16th home that is almost finished. The goal is to have 20 homes by the year 2020.

On Sunday, Wolf River Habitat for Humanity will celebrate 20 years of building homes in Shawano and Menominee Counties with a concert at First Presbyterian Church in Shawano.

“It will be an informational celebration and inspirational event about our work,” said Dr. Kevin Culhane, president of the board of Habitat for Humanity.

Wolf River Habitat for Humanity was incorporated on Dec. 12, 1997, and their affiliation with international was approved on Aug. 1, 1998.

They have set a goal of having 20 total Habitat homes built or in the process by the year 2020.

Currently they are working on finishing the 16th home on Oak Hill Court in Shawano. The building was the office of Bohm Builders and donated to Habitat by Mary and Randy Bohm.

“I’m glad we could repurpose it,” said Randy Bohm, who is also volunteering to help with the remodeling.

Volunteers are vital to completing the jobs and there is always room for more people to help no matter their skill level.

“We’ll find something for them to do,” said Mark Flunker, executive director and site supervisor.

Funds to build the homes comes from donations, those who got homes who are paying their mortgages, and the Habitat store and warehouse.

Last December, a house was completed in Cecil and is home to Ravena Fowler and her son. Fowler put in her 250 hours of “sweat equity” that is required to be eligible for the home.

Habitat for Humanity has 15 board members with an executive committee including Culhane, Steve Thompson, vice president; Roger Olson, treasurer; and Ross Fugill, secretary.

AT A GLANCE

WHAT: Home Songs, a Concert of Hope

WHEN: 2 p.m. Sunday

WHEREL First Presbyterian Church, 100 Presbyterian St., Shawano.

FYI: The concert will celebrate 20 years of Wolf River Habitat for Humanity, songs about home with Paul Srubas, Dorothy Zerbe, Randy Bruce, and Pastor Blake Blakesley. Food will be served. Freewill donation.