While COVID-19 slowed plans by Habitat for Humanity of Fond du Lac County, it didn’t derail them as the organization came to Ripon to help clean-up a yard on Metomen Street last week Thursday.

The work is just the start of what Habitat hopes to accomplish in Ripon as it has its eyes set on building two new homes and cleaning up 25 others along Metomen Street over the next few years.

Last week’s project, which was helped funded by the Ripon Area United Way, was led by Habitat of Humanity of Fond du Lac Executive Assistant Emily Arthur and Executive Director Katie Karls.

They were joined by five volunteers, and performed basic lawn care such as weed-whacking and raking up yard waste.

Arthur noted Habitat for Humanity of Fond du Lac will come back to Ripon in the fall for power washing and painting.

The executive assistant also said that the organization’s hopes to break ground on a house in Ripon by the end of October 2021.

Jonathan Bailey has been covering sports and general news assignments for the Ripon Commonwealth Press since 2011. He is a former reporter for The Green Laker, a summer publication produced by the Ripon Commonwealth Press, and now is its editor.

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