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Friday, December 11, 2020

The 2020 house was dedicated and the key to the house turned over to the Christal Works family.

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

House Dedication to take place on Friday, December 11 at Noon at the house site, 6718 Sandy Drive, Trotwood, OH.

Since we know many folks can no longer attend events in person, because of the Covid Pandemic, we’ve set up the opportunity for supporters to virtually attend dedication ceremonies via Zoom.

Here is the link to log in to the Zoom Dedication ceremony on Friday.  The link will “go live” at 11:45 am with the ceremony kicking off at Noon:

Join Zoom Meeting

Once folks click on the link, they’ll need to enter the meeting passcode, the Passcode is:  193248

Friday, October 23, 2020

Today was another good day.  Steve, Jack and I were there. Keith left to help with the dedication in Clayton.

The house is nearly done. Only some caulking and touch up paint remains. We do have an issue on the hvac filter which requires direction and then we can complete. The entire house does need a good cleaning including the windows. 

I will check with Keith tomorrow but expect that next week will have little activity.

Probably be shifted to the other house or to Huber Heights.


Tuesday, October 20, 2020

It was a very good day at the site. We had Bob DuPlain, Rick Iacobucci, Ron Koesters, Ron Earhart, Steve Albers and Super painter Chris and myself. I had asked about sending help at Clayton but was informed that they had the volunteer quota for that site. Bob and Rob E went to the other Sandy drive house to install insulation. The remainder of us worked on the house and accomplished the following:

     All of the trim around the cabinets was installed

     Remaining doors were hung

     Casing was installed on the garage side of the door to the house.

     Bathtub was cleaned

     Light fixture was installed in the bathroom

     Door hardware was installed on many of the doors

     Remaining closet doors were trimmed to match base boards

     Final touch up paint was completed on much of the house.

     Installed paneling to cover exposed wires by the main panel box.

Main items to be completed.

     Caulk around the countertops in the bath and kitchen

     Caulk the base of the tub

     Caulk the base of the front, rear and garage doors

     Caulk the outside of the rear door.

     Correct the issue of the front closet doors not matching the opening

     Build and install the steps in the garage.

     Install the medicine cabinet

     Conitinue with final touch up paint

     Clean, clean and clean

     Improve wiring to the vent hood.

     And more to come.

We are approaching completion and need to finish the final details.


Saturday, October 10, 2020

On the 112th day of the 2020 build, the site went from a construction site to a home.  Thanks to Ken Enneking and his Knights of Columbus volunteer landscaper Tim for picking up the landscape materials, mulch and topsoil and for planting the plan so well.  Thanks to my council 10215 for the two volunteers who came and worked prepping and laying sod.  Thanks to the EBC engineering club from Wright State University (4 or 5?) who worked so hard and then learned about grant writing from Rick Iacobucci for their club.  Thanks to the CtBS regulars who came and stayed and got the watering started.  We had two pallets of sod left and they were taken by Incarnation volunteer Steve Albers who faithfully helped with all phases of the build.  Thanks to Tim Jordan who returned the pallets to donor Green Prairie sod near Hueston Woods, leaving the site very clean. Thanks to all who will continue to water in the sod and landscape materials – please sign up to soak the sod for the next two weeks.  The porch is a very comfortable place to read while you wait. Let Ken and I know if you can help.

The weather was perfect, the help superb and the results – well look for yourself at the pictures!

Roger Duffy

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Work continues with painting.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Insulation is complete getting ready to have drywall installed. Back deck has been rough framed. Porch columns installed.

Friday, August 21, 2020

Most of the siding is done and the front porch has been poured.

Saturday, August 7, 2020

Progress: Rough plumbing in and tested. Front porch slab will be poured next week and HVAC inspection next week.

Friday, July 31, 2020

CtBS lost a wonderful house builder with the death of Jerry Shell yesterday.

Jerry Thomas Shell

MARCH 31, 1938 – JULY 30, 2020

“Catch the Building Spirit” pays tribute Jerry Shell, a dedicated house leader who passed away on Thursday, July 30, 2020.  Jerry was part of the CtBS family of workers for over 18 years.  His building skills and expertise made him an excellent house leader and teacher.  He was always willing to teach new volunteers. 

Jerry’s obituary is at: