The Path Home is an all-volunteer Nonprofit and most of our team have full time jobs. Our role in this house build was to raise the funds to build a home for Tim Senkowski. We had never attempted anything like this before. The Indiana Union Building Trades volunteered to be the General Contractor and supply the volunteer labor. Many of the volunteers were in the union trades schools and were led by experienced Job Supervisors.
We were very proud to have the Union lead this project. They have built all over the state and had the experience we needed to build this home.
The build was slowed down in the spring due to very wet weather. We had a lot of union volunteers but no cooperation from the weather. As things dried out the union volunteers needed to work at paid jobs to feed their families. We understood this and were still very grateful for those that could help.
Tim and his family were living in a very small home that was not easy for him to get around. There was a big push to complete the home, so he could move in. The Path Home board stepped in to paint two coats of egg shell off white paint in the entire house because union painters were not available after the primer was put on.
The interior trim and doors were waiting for the finish carpenters. They were trying to send their guys, but it was another thing stopping Tim from moving in.
Tim’s mother stated that she could get local volunteers to hang the doors and put on the trim. The union agreed that this would help to get this family in the home and the union subs would finish the punch-out list.
All the doors and trim were in the home a few days later. With everything at the site to finish the home, our part was complete.
Tim’s family continued to work with the union on the punch-out list as they used their own local volunteers to help Tim install doors and trim. This was a big undertaking on a house of this size but they did accomplish the task and with his families help he was able to move in around Thanksgiving.
The Path Home wanted to help Tim Senkowski get into a bigger more open/handicapped accessible home for him and his family. This home and property is worth several hundred thousand dollars. We will always wish it could have been done faster to have a totally completed home for Tim before the open house.
We want to thank the Indiana Union Building Trades and all our many sponsors and volunteers that made this home available for a very worthy warrior.
Thank you Tim for all of your patience along this journey!
The Path Home Team