Habitat Seeks Northern Door Property for 43rd Home

Door County Habitat for Humanity has a partner family for its 43rd home, but now it needs a property.

Douglas Marvin will work with Habitat to build a home for himself and his two sons, Emiliano, 15, and Richard, 10. Marvin wants to remain in the Gibraltar School District, but Habitat is struggling to find a lot on which to build. 

It’s the first time in several years when Habitat will build a home in northern Door County. Property is more difficult to find in the area, and only Sister Bay offers sewer and water, so the organization has the added cost of well and septic, which can add $15,000 to $25,000 to the cost of the build. The organization will pay for the right property, but getting a good price or even donated land makes it much more affordable to build for those in need. 

Ideally, the property would be located in the Egg Harbor or Baileys Harbor regions of the Gibraltar School District, but Habitat is open to all properties. The volunteer base for the organization is predominantly from the Sturgeon Bay and Southern Door areas. In a press release, the organization said it’s seeking more volunteers – especially those who live in Northern Door because volunteers must drive to the build site.

Experience is not necessary, but some knowledge of tools is helpful. Volunteers may work for a few hours, a whole day or on a regular basis; no long-term commitment is required. 

The Marvin family attends St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, and the church has pledged up to $11,000 in matching funds for donations made to the home build. To donate and have it matched, enclose a note or write in your check’s memo line that it’s a donation for the Marvin Home Build. Mail checks to Door County Habitat for Humanity, 410 N. 14th Ave., Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235. 

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