Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity to host virtual groundbreaking unveiling of home project

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Black Hills Habitat for Humanity works to provide housing for families in need and has been working just as hard during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The organization will host a virtual groundbreaking for their newest home project. The Habitat For Humanity is doing amazing working the Black Hills, but it hasn’t been without setbacks.

The organization’s two restores in Rapid City and Spearfish had to shut their doors for a month because of the pandemic. This had a great impact, as around 75% seventy five percent of the administrative costs and funds used to run the program are received directly from the restore.

Another aspect of the home program is the sweat equity put in by potential homeowners, that had to be scaled back because of COVID-19. Fortunately, once opened, the restores had a record June, and volunteers have now been able to work on new homes in small groups.

“What we have seen is that, people need a decent place to live,” said Scott Engmann, the Executive Director of the Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity. “When you’re quarantined, when you’re having to spend more time at home, educating your kids. You know, just having that place to hang out with her kids, a place where her kids felt safe. Where they have their own bedrooms, I mean it just makes such a difference.”

For the 2020-2021 fiscal year, the Habitat for Humanity plans to build eight new homes, and renovate twenty in the Black Hills. The virtual watch party will begin at 10 A.M. on July 6.

There will be a video series with interviews, as well as local musicians.

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