Habitat for Humanity Lakeside and Sargento begin building in Plymouth


WIELDING SHOVELS AT Monday’s groundbreaking for a new Habitat for Humanity home in Plymouth were (left to right) Plymouth Mayor Don Pohlman, Plymouth High School Principal Dr. Jennifer Rauscher, Home owners Noah-Michael and Heather Russell, Habitat Lakeside executive director Jon Hoffman, Habitat Lakeside Board President Jesse Osborn, Plymouth High School student builder, and Tom Faley of Sargento. — Submitted photo WIELDING SHOVELS AT Monday’s groundbreaking for a new Habitat for Humanity home in Plymouth were (left to right) Plymouth Mayor Don Pohlman, Plymouth High School Principal Dr. Jennifer Rauscher, Home owners Noah-Michael and Heather Russell, Habitat Lakeside executive director Jon Hoffman, Habitat Lakeside Board President Jesse Osborn, Plymouth High School student builder, and Tom Faley of Sargento. — Submitted photo The last Monday of September brought gusts of winds, tousling tree branches and flapping the light coats worn at the morning’s Habitat of Humanity ceremony – a local home sponsored by Sargento.

Over a hundred people gathered for the groundbreaking for the home to be built at 510 McColm St. in Plymouth. That crowd, dominating the vacant plot of land where the home will be built, set a record. “It’s the greatest number of people that congregated to show support for a new-home build,” observed Jon Hoffman, Executive Director for Habitat. And everyone that morning stood in the crisp, autumn morning with one goal in mind: to show support to Heather Russell and her two sons.

“It takes a village to raise a child,” Heather said choking emotionally on her words. She swiped a tear from her eye and continued with a faltering voice. “And I’m proud to be a part of this village.” Heather, who will invest hours and hours of her time to help build her home, broke into tears of joy as she addressed the crowd gathered that morning.

Contrary to the belief of some, Habitat for Humanity does not give away free homes. Homeowners are required to invest their time and their sweat in the building of their home and, in return, the home owner is offered a mortgage at zero percent interest. For those that truly want to reach the American dream of home-ownership, Habitat provides a pathway toward that goal. And the cost of building that home is borne by local companies and the free labor the community offers.

“I love Plymouth. You don’t have to ask others to participate,” says Mayor Don Pohlman. “They just naturally step forward asking to help, to get involved.” Mayor Pohlman, having lived in Plymouth since the 1970s, bragged how people living in the community naturally give of themselves with- out expectations in return.

A few years ago, Sargento began supporting a revitalized Habitat for Humanity in Sheboygan County, building several homes in Sheboygan, three of which are on Erie Avenue, the main road leading into Sheboygan. Expanding on that innovation bent, Habitat and Sargento teamed up again for the home in Plymouth. The Plymouth High School, expanding on a vision of three of its teachers, will creatively use the Sargento-sponsored Habitat home as training for its students. At the ground-breaking ceremony, a team of students donning orange hard hats, grabbed shovels as part of the groundbreaking ceremony. “This will be a great opportunity for them to serve the community, which is something we believe in,” said PHS Principal Jennifer Rauscher.

“We look forward to engaging the Plymouth community in helping construct this home for Heather and her boys. Plymouth is a great place to live and we cannot contain our excitement for the Russell family!” said Dawn Eggers, Habitat Lakeside’s director of community outreach.

If you are interested in lending a hand, go to the volunteer page on Habitat’s website: www.habitatlakeside.com or call volunteer services at: 920-458-3399


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