Habitat for Humanity installs the walls of new home
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Black Hills Habitat for Humanity was in Rapid City putting up the walls of a home for a single mother and her daughter.
The 3 bedroom- single bathroom home is expected to be done by the end of the year, and the family should be able to move in early 2020
Hard hats, tool belts, and the smell of sawdust were in the air on Doolittle Street Saturday. A team of volunteers came together to celebrate and of course, put up the walls of the home. There were about 50 volunteers, lifting the walls, cutting wood, hammering frames into place and just supporting one another.
“It’s so awesome, I’ve met so many great people, and it’s just like one big happy family,” said Debra Dubray, a volunteer.
Habitat for Humanity assists people with housing stability and every person involved in the construction is a volunteer. One volunteer says this:
“Normally they haven’t necessarily had good living conditions prior to that so having a home that they know is theirs and they know they don’t have to move again, that’s really important to them,” said Mike Beason.
Many of the people who receive assistance from Habitat end up becoming volunteers and helping others. People who receive assistance help build their own home and Habitat helps them set up a payment plan that best works with their income.
Black hills habitat has changed the lives of hundreds.
“This is the 108th house that we have built in the community and the 18th house that we’ve built in partnership with Thrivent,” said Heidi Christner, the operations manager.
For this specific home, Thrivent Financial is a partner along with several donors such as Knecht. The volunteers come from all over the community including local churches and Ellsworth Air Force base.