GI Habitat partners with Cardinal Construction to work on house

Published: Jun. 29, 2020 at 8:10 PM CDT
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Grand Island Area Habitat for Humanity volunteers are back at work as they scramble to finish a home that was set to be done last summer. First it was delayed due to the flooding, now it’s the Coronavirus. Habitat homes are typically built by volunteers, but on Monday they got some professional help from a local construction company.

Cardinal Construction out of Doniphan sent a crew of 15 professionals to help jump start the work they had left to do. The two have worked together in the past on new homes, but this time was a little different.

Habitat’s Executive Director Dana Jelinek said she asked them to help with one project, but the Cardinal co-owners continued to offer other ways they could help.

“We reached out to them just to see if they could help with the carpentry aspects of this build,” Jelinek said. “Mike Holister and Chuck Cook who are the owners just kept adding things that they could do to help us today. Even working today, they volunteered to do even more on the next house.”

Co-Owner Mike Holister said they understand the stress the last year has caused and they just wanted to help out.

“We just feel like we have been very fortunate to stay very busy,” Holister said. “We work very closely with Habitat so we wanted to just come out here and help for a day and do everything we could to get them going in the right direction.”

They were originally only asked to help with some carpentry, but by the end of the day the crew had also hung doors, installed cabinets, poured concrete and so much more. Jelinek said the professionals spending a few hours there did what would’ve been weeks of work for their volunteers.

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