April 29, 2020 —Kneeling (from left) are: Habitat for Humanity lead Marc and Kendal at Granville’s Landscape Manager Cindy Dill. Standing (from left) are: Joee Simpson (social work), Hannah Dillemuth and Erich Helwig (landscaping), James Noser (maintenance), Melissa Moore (catering), Eric Beier (chef), and Stella McDonald (dining). Not pictured, Freedom Harmer (social work intern).
Granville, Ohio (Oct. 15, 2019)— On a picture-perfect sunny day in late September, nine Kendal at Granville staff members participated in a “new-build” project sponsored by Habitat for Humanity in Newark, Ohio. This is the fourth year in a row that staff members of the not-for-profit organization have participated in a build day as part of their contribution to the larger community. Landscape Manager Cindy Dill coordinated the Kendal at Granville team.
“We appreciate that Habitat is able to use every volunteer, no matter their skill level. On-the-job training is part of the process, and volunteers are matched with their interests and skill sets,” Dill said. “From Habitat, Marc was our house lead for the second year in a row. As we had four new volunteers this year, it was especially helpful to have his expertise on the project. This is Marc’s 14th new build since he started with Habitat in 2012. He works out of the MidOhio affiliate, which covers Licking, Madison and Franklin counties.”
The day began at 8:30 am and continued until after 4 pm, with just a short mid-day break for a boxed lunch provided by Kendal. During the very productive workday, the Kendal team was able to stabilize interior floor joists, cut and install exterior siding, install insulation, build walls in bathrooms, erect a two-story scaffolding for exterior siding and install doorknobs. Many of the volunteers said that the most satisfying aspect of the day was teambuilding: the camaraderie that develops naturally when working alongside other employees from different departments, in a new and different manner.
When completed, the 1,600-square-foot house will have a covered front porch and include five bedrooms and two baths. The brand-new house will soon be home to a family of six, including five children ages 12 and under, who are currently living in an apartment in Pataskala. Their mom is currently in college, studying to earn a degree in criminal justice. The family comes every Friday to work on the home to put in at least 100 hours of “sweat equity” so they will qualify for Habitat’s program for a zero percent mortgage.
“Habitat MidOhio is very excited to be partnering with such a wonderful family for this build. We also love having volunteer groups like Kendal at Granville that return year after year!” said Habitat for Humanity’s Volunteer Resource Coordinator Rachel Hardin. “Over the past few years, we’ve expanded our program to serve more families. This year, our goal is to serve over 100 families through new builds, rehabs, and home repair projects, so we are always looking for volunteers to help us meet that goal!”
About Kendal at Granville
Kendal at Granville is a not-for-profit, full-service Life Plan Community affiliated with The Kendal Corporation. The community opened in April 2005, and achieved CARF/CCAC Accreditation in 2009, with five-year reaccreditations granted in 2014 and 2019. Kendal at Granville is located on 94 acres of rolling hills with stunning vistas of farmland, woodlands and streams in the Township of Granville, Ohio, one mile west of the Village of Granville and Denison University. Kendal at Granville has 134 independent living residences, including apartments, cottages, villas and a ranch-style house, 19 assisted living suites and 22 Medicare-approved skilled nursing and rehabilitative, private long-term care accommodations.