June De Wit | Staff Writer
“Sponsor a Stud,” a new project for Siouxland Habitat for Humanity’ is being introduced as the group begins the Hull home construction. Kurt Franje, Sioux County director of Habitat for Humanity, explained that for a $50 fee individuals, families, businesses, churches, youth groups, organizations, sports teams, etc. can “Sponsor a Stud.” They’re encouraged to write messages such as a Bible verse, a prayer, an inspirational poem or something similar on the studs which will be used in the construction of the home. It can also be painted with a design or company logo.
Franje hopes the partner family, Brandon and Karla Van Lo, will be able to help deliver the studs on Aug. 3. “It would be an opportunity for them to complete some hours and also thank the sponsors for participating and helping build their future home,” Franje said. Partner families have to invest hundreds of sweat equity hours in achieving the home.
Other Habitat affiliates have done similar stud projects and Franje thought “Sponsor a Stud” would be a good addition to Hull’s build. ”We’ll have a Stud Finder open house after the studs are framed into the walls of the house,” he said. The studs will be used wherever they’re needed to build the home.
Franje is excited to see how the project comes together since it’s the first time Siouxland Habitat is doing it. He feels the project will be fun while helping fulfill Habitat’s mission, which is to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, community and hope.
“I really feel this is a creative way for that mission to be lived out,” he said. “Hopefully the time people spend decorating the studs can also be a time of building relationships and thinking about how they can bless others with what God has given them.”
The project should appeal to many and provide an opportunity for several hands to be involved in the home build. Franje said, “The messages they may write on the stud, I believe, can be encouragement to the partner family.”
The Stud Finder open house date will be set once the home is completely framed and safe for the community to visit. He expects the open house might include a time of thanksgiving and prayer, and some refreshments. The community can walk through the house and see how construction is progressing and check out the decorated studs.
Building the home requires about 400 studs and Franje said, “If all the studs had some kind of decoration, a message or signature on them, that would be very encouraging to see.
“How people decorate the studs is entirely up to them,” Franje said. He hopes sponsors will identify themselves on the stud by adding or painting a business logo, stencil or family name on it.
The studs will be a special memento for the family. “They can always remember the care and support of the community represented inside of those walls,” Franje said. When the project moves forward, insulation and sheet rock will cover up the studs.
Franje encourages everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to “Sponsor a Stud.” To participate, contact him at 641-780-9054 or email@example.com.