|Boop likes helping his 'neighbors'|
|Monday, July 29, 2013 12:17 AM|
BY NANCY SPENCER
This is the sixth Habitat home Boop has helped construct, the third in Delphos. He has also worked on homes in Lima and Spencerville.
“I like to help my neighbors,” Boop said. “Even if they’re six blocks from me or another town over. I’ve also learned a lot by doing it.”
By day, Boop is a service technician with Green Fiber here in Delphos. On the weekends, he’s a home construction warrior.
“I’ve pretty much done it all,” the father of four said. “I’ve helped lift trusses for the roof and done roofing, framing, insulation, dry wall, siding and painting.”
Although his does have some electrical and plumbing skills, those tasks are left to others at Habitat homes.
“The mechanicals are done by professionals,” Boop said. “They have to sign off on all that and make sure everything is up to code. I can work on those kind of things at my own home and friends’ houses but for Habitat, those jobs are left to the people who specialize in it.”
Boop said mostly anyone can help with a Habitat home.
“It doesn’t matter what skill level you have,” he said. “There’s always something to do, even if it’s bringing people water or picking up the site.”
The grandfather of five has used his experience with Habitat to hone his own skills.
“I’m getting better at doing things around my own house,” he said. “I’m a pro sider now.”
Besides enjoying the work and learning new skill, Boop said he likes what Habitat does.
“This is a great program. The majoring of the people buying and helping to build these homes are single mothers who don’t qualify for a traditional home loan. They don’t make enough money or have the credit,” he said. “Habitat helps them clean up their credit if they need it and work them through the process. The homeowner works their tail off right beside us. They don’t give the homes away. The homeowner pays a mortage and puts in sweat equity.”
Boop encourages others to join him on the newest Habitat home.
“I you have time, you should give it to Habitat. They don’t ask you do anything you don’t want to do. You work when you can, you do what you can. An couple hours here and couple hours there — it all adds up,” he said. “You also meet a lot of new people and help the community.”