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Sunday, November 03, 2013 9:00 PM

By Nancy Kline

DHI Correspondent

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KALIDA — Paul Recker has been named Ohio’s Habitat Volunteer of the Year for small affiliates. He will be honored this Friday at the Habitat for Humanity Ohio Statewide Conference in Columbus. Recker is the volunteer construction manager for Putnam County Habitat for Humanity.

In 2012 and 2013, Recker volunteered over 1,500 hours on the construction of three homes in Putnam County. In addition to overseeing the construction sites, he arranged for all the permits, coordinated all the subcontractors, handled all the purchasing of materials and supplies and worked closely with the Putnam County Habitat for Humanity construction committee on house plans and designs.

 

“His dedication has him on the job site every day of construction, as well as most non-construction days when he stops to see that everything is as it should be at the construction site,” said Chas Myers, Putnam County HFH director.

 

“Paul’s deep sense of God calling him to this ministry is infectious. All of our volunteers have commented on his spirituality and his sense of mission.”

Under Recker’s leadership, Putnam County HFH built the first Habitat home in Ohio certified by Enterprise Green Communities. This required many extra hours of planning the construction and researching the materials and methods needed to achieve the Enterprise Green standard.

In 2012, Recker planned and executed the first Habitat home in Ohio rated bronze level by IBHS, certified to withstand winds up to 130 mph.

“Ironically, that home had just been completed on June 28, the day before the derecho windstorm hit on June 29,” said Myers. “The partner family’s rented mobile home was hit by a large fallen tree and severely damaged. Their new Habitat home had no damage and the family was able to move into it immediately.”

The partner family for 2013 had serious handicap issues including the wife needing to use a motorized wheelchair.

“Paul led others on the construction committee in designing a fully handicap-accessible home with all on-level entrances and no wheelchair ramps,” Myers said. Inn addition, since the homeowner could not enter a crawl space in the event of a storm, Recker designed the laundry room as a “safe room.”

Myers said Recker has embraced Energy Star building standards. During 2012 and 2013, he hosted an Energy Star open house on the Putnam County homes under construction before the drywall was installed.

“This gave contractors and the general public an opportunity to see the new and innovative construction techniques being used to make the homes energy-efficient,” Myers said.

Recker has also got his wife involved as a volunteer coordinator. He has also recruited his brothers, sons and son-in-law to work on a variety of aspects of construction.

Recker has served on the Putnam County HFH board of directors for three years and as a construction manager for three years.

“There is no way a young, all volunteer affiliate could have built six homes in four years without a volunteer like Paul Recker,” Myers said.

When asked how he feels about the honor, Recker just smiles modestly. “It’s an honor for all of us,” he replied. “It takes everyone to accomplish what has been done.”

Habitat for Humanity of Ohio is an independent, charitable, faith-based housing program dedicated to the elimination of poverty housing by providing resources to its 69 Habitat affiliates in Ohio. Habitat for Humanity builds simple, decent and affordable houses and provides interest-free mortgages to families who would otherwise not be able to purchase their own home. The Habitat program is about home ownership and providing a long-term solution designed to break the poverty cycle.

Last Updated on Tuesday, November 05, 2013 9:11 AM
 

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