The Carroll County chapter of Habitat for Humanity, a non-denominational Christian housing ministry, is battling bad weather to finish its first project.

"If we just had one or two really good days, we could finish the job," said Marie Jacobs, the group's treasurer and co-founder.

The newly formed volunteer group began work on the home of Mary Horman, a 74-year-old widow, in November.

Most of the work remaining to be done is the installation of vinyl siding to the bungalow.

Working mostly on Saturdays, the group has upgraded Horman's home by painting the windows, repairing the concrete porch, steps and sidewalk, and blowing insulation inside the house to improve heating and cooling.

Insulation was blown into the walls last week at a cost of $100, considerably less than the estimated $600 to $700 Habitat members had expected.

"One of the volunteers told us we could go to 84 Lumber and buy the insulation and they would lend us the machine to blow it in with," said President Howard Jacobs.

Bud Kirkner Siding of Eldersburg sold the group the siding for the house at cost, Jacobs said.

The group originally thought Horman's house would need a newroof and guttering, but an inspection of those areas found them to be in good shape.

What Habitat needs more than anything right now is volunteers and donations of money and supplies for future projects,Jacobs said.

The private, non-profit group depends on donations for projects, the cost of which is later repaid, interest-free, over aperiod of years by the homeowner.

The Carroll County chapter meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Green and Bond streets, Westminster.

Information: Howard and Marie Jacobs, 549-2838.

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