Story last updated at 3:34 p.m. Friday, April 12, 2002

Local builder heading to Indonesia
Now that work is complete on the Salvation Army Thrift Store building in Homer, local builder Ray Steiner will soon be heading off to oversee construction of a group home for needy girls in Indonesia.

Steiner is scheduled to leave Monday for a six-week volunteer stint in Palu, Indonesia, to build a two-story facility for 90 girls, said Capt. Erik Hoogstad, head of the Homer area Salvation Army congregation.

About $13,500 of the $250,000 was raised in Homer, Steiner said, by savings from donated labor and materials from his own company, as well as from Two Bears Roofing, South Peninsula Drywall and Painting and about 20 community volunteers.

The Indonesia project is a joint "grass-roots effort" by the Salvation Army there, in conjunction with the Homer group and a Salvation Army congregation in Sacramento, Calif. Hoogstad and Steiner said they worked out the plans during a fact-finding trip to Indonesia in February 2001

Hoogstad will also travel to the sprawling Southeast Asian nation, the fourth-most populous country in the world, for 17 days to help coordinate the project in Sulawesi, a large island province east of Borneo.

Steiner has also helped build churches in Peru and Fiji with another church group, Hoogstad said.