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A Clinic in recycling
Matt Frie and Annette Siedschlag inspect a door and frame at one of the four homes near Monroe Clinic scheduled to be demolished in September. The clinic is donating useful items to Green County Habitat for Humanity.
MONROE - Monroe Clinic plans to donate more than just a little help to Green County Habitat for Humanity.

Jan Sanders of the Monroe Clinic took Habitat for Humanity president Carol Holmes, vice president Matt Frie and secretary Annette Siedschlag through four homes Friday to help them determine what, if anything, from the houses the group could use for future Habitat homes.

Sanders said Monroe Clinic owns the four nearby houses and all of them are scheduled to be demolished in September to make way for the clinic's expansion.

Sanders said it makes sense to offer Habitat anything from the homes the group can use for future building projects.

"We thought it was a nice opportunity to make the most of the homes," she said.

As the Habitat board members and Sanders walked through the homes, it was clear there were items in all of the homes that could be used.

They inspected the upstairs, main floors and basements of the homes, all of which are older. Ceiling fans, woodwork, doors, furnaces, cabinets and door frames can be taken out of the homes and stored, Siedschlag said as they took a quick inventory of what could be used. All of the board members were impressed with the solid wood inside the homes and the sturdy material used in the interiors.

One of the homes, located at 512 20th Ave., is a two-story brick house with special features, such as an enclosed porch, a laundry chute from the upstairs to the basement, special closets for storage and, as Frie said, the "character of an older home."

Sanders said she would like to see the house moved from the site. Anyone who is interested in moving the home to another site can contact Sanders at Monroe Clinic. The Clinic will give the house to anyone who wants to move it, she said, but there is only a short time to move the house.

Green County Habitat for Humanity is in the process of building two homes in Browntown. The group is looking for land near Monroe for its next Habitat home.