When a January fire destroyed the Scarberry family home on South Chillicothe Street in Plain City, the family lost almost everything.

When a January fire destroyed the Scarberry family home on South Chillicothe Street in Plain City, the family lost almost everything.

They were unable to rebuild and couldn't afford another home.

That's when concerned community members and churches stepped up, offering to help the family rebuild their home and their lives.

Ron Winn, Bill Pizzino and Ervin Schlabach organized a group called the Scarberry Community Home Project to undertake the entire process, including fundraising, engineering, permits, demolition, site development and construction.

"Our goal is to build a home for the family that they can be comfortable in and proud of, and that will also increase the value of the existing homes in the neighborhood," Winn said.

The project is expected to cost about $72,000 to complete.

In addition to money from local church collections, a portion of the funding for the project came from a garage sale held by the Miracle of Mom's Memory (MOMM ) Foundation at Dublin Scioto High School. An auction also raised more than $3,700 but the group still needs an additional $25,000 to complete the project.

The Scarberry Community Home Project group includes a number of volunteers who meet regularly at the offices of Superior One Realty and Best Yet Builders in Plain City to keep the project on track. "The really interesting thing about this group is the fact that the group was not formally organized prior to this effort," Pizzino said. "Some of the members did not even know each other and yet we have formed a great team for this important effort."

Donna Scarberry agreed.

"I cannot express how grateful I am for the efforts of this group," she said.

The home will be a ranch-style home with a full basement, electric heat and air conditioning and should be completed by early next year.

Any individuals or group interested in supporting the project can call or e-mail Pizzino (614-325-2462 or pizzinoeng1@celeritynetworks.net) or call Winn at 614-873-5008. Contributions can be made payable to Scarberry Home Project and sent to the Richwood Bank, 601 West Main Street, Plain City, OH 43064.