Coming together quickly

Tri-River Habitat for Humanity volunteer Tom Raab, who also wears the hat of South Boston town manager (with drill), joins other volunteers in raising the walls Saturday at the site of the four-bedroom, two-bath house on Wickham Street in South Boston.

Penelope Hamlett and her six children are hoping to have a new home by the end of the year, courtesy of Tri-River Habitat for Humanity, which held a house-raising Saturday at the site of the four-bedroom, two-bath house on Wickham Street in South Boston.

According to Josie Turcotte, habitat volunteer coordinator, approximately 20 volunteers, including habitat board members and other volunteers, came out to lend a hand on Saturday, including several members of Beth Car Baptist Church and Tom Raab, South Boston town manager.

Construction went quickly, Turcotte said, with the house expected to be completed by the end of the year, weather permitting.

Exterior walls are first to go up, and plans call for volunteers to raise the roof next, she added.

“I thought we made good progress Saturday,” Turcotte said, quickly adding additional volunteers are still welcome.

Current Tri-River Habitat for Humanity board members include herself, Mac McDannald, Roy Bradley, Robert Hughes, Wendy Daniels, Daniel Lloyd, Kim Albert, Gray Ramsey and the Rev. Lawrence Wilkerson.

Volunteers can sign up on the group’s website at tririverhabitatva.com.