Habitat for Humanity impacts community one home at a time

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity dedicated a home for mother and daughter, Thursday evening — with the help of nearly a dozen churches in this “Faith Build”.

Thrivent Financial was also a partner in getting the new home on Wood Avenue built for Nicole and Hannah McNaught — and they put in sweat equity during construction.

Habitat’s hope is to get families on their feet, and improve the entire community.

“What we like about that sense of permanence is that we know that statistically when you have an increase in home ownership in neighborhoods, that stabilizes neighborhoods,” said Scott Engmann, Executive Director of Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity. “People do better in school, they become civically engaged, graduation rates go up, health statistics go up, just by owning an affordable home. It’s a fantastic baseline for improving quality of life for people.”

Habitat for Humanity also remodels and performs critical repairs to existing homes for qualifying families, and they also have the Rapid City Re-Store.

Habitat’s five year vision is to build another 40 homes, and complete 110 home repair projects.

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